"Families of the 33 trapped miners awaiting a months-long rescue bid filed Thursday what could be the first of many lawsuits accusing the mine owner of criminal negligence.
San Esteban Mining, the owner of the gold and copper shaft in northern Chile, was also ordered by a local judge to freeze 1.8 million US dollars in revenue so that it can pay future compensation to 26 of the families."
As it says in the article, many of the miners are suffering from symptoms of post-traumatic stress. What was so amazing about the rescue was how each miner appeared healthy and in good spirits, however, they may have long-term psychological effects--which is why it is so important to hold the mine company accountable and not have the feel-good side of the story overwhelm the fact that the mine implosion could have been prevented.
The issue makes this op-ed in the Wall St. Journal particularly strange as Daniel Henniger asserts that "Capitalism Saved the Miners:"
"It needs to be said. The rescue of the Chilean miners is a smashing victory for free-market capitalism...
If those miners had been trapped a half-mile down like this 25 years ago anywhere on earth, they would be dead. What happened over the past 25 years that meant the difference between life and death for those men? Short answer: the Center Rock drill bit.
This is the miracle bit that drilled down to the trapped miners. Center Rock Inc. is a private company in Berlin, Pa. It has 74 employees. The drill's rig came from Schramm Inc. in West Chester, Pa. Seeing the disaster, Center Rock's president, Brandon Fisher, called the Chileans to offer his drill. Chile accepted. The miners are alive."
Let's end on a good note though. Did you watch the mine rescue--were you glued to all 33 rescues, plus the rescuers? I certainly was. It was really beautiful--but there was a lot more going on than was often reported.