Utah operator’s mines, politics have attracted attention before

By Greg Collard and Scott Finn

gcollard@wvpubcast.org

sfinn@wvpubcast.org

The owner of the Utah coal mine where six men are trapped went on the defensive yesterday. Bob Murray is upset at media reports that question whether an earthquake is responsible for the miners being trapped.Murray singled out the Associated Press and Fox News for the sources they used, including Davitt McAteer of Shepherdstown.

He has been the subject of media scrutiny before for how he runs his mines, his political contributions and his threats to use his political influence to retaliate against mine safety inspectors. In 2003, West Virginia Public Radio aired a series of reports on mine safety, some of which included Murray.

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