Laramie, Wy – The executive director of the Wyoming Mining Association says his sympathy is with the families of the 12 men that died in a West Virginia coal mine this week. Marion Loomis says even with that tragedy he does not think miners in Wyoming are more nervous about going underground. He says they focus on safety and are constantly vigilent, but that does not decrease the communities sadness about the deaths in West Virginia.
The last time there was a collapse in a Wyoming mine was 2000. Loomis says that did not result in any deaths or injuries. A collapse in 1995 at a trona mine did kill one Wyoming miner.
The state mine inspector said statistics show Wyoming is one of the safest states in the country for miners.