OURAY – The Mine Safety and Health Administration stated on Friday, Dec. 20, that the 97 citations and orders written between Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 at the Revenue-Virginius Mine to owner/operator Star Mining Operations were issued during MSHA “spot” inspections in response to hazard complaints, and were not issued as violations contributing to the accident that killed two miners there last month.
“At the conclusion of the fatality investigation that is currently underway, MSHA will release a comprehensive report detailing the accident’s root cause and any violations that contributed to the accident,” MSHA spokeswoman Amy Louviere said.
MSHA officials have been onsite at the mine for over a month now, investigating the deaths of powderman trainee Nick Cappano of Montrose and shift supervisor Rick Williams of Durango. The two miners encountered lethal levels of carbon monoxide a mile and a half inside the historic Revenue-Virginius Mine on the morning of Sunday, Nov. 17.
They were in an area of the mine where explosives had been detonated the day before, according to preliminary reports.