Dumb stuff people think up

The Pike River Mine disaster, for that is what it is, sure does bring up some really dumb suggestions.

Here is one that was sent to an MP.

From: A.N. Idiot (name removed to protect the stupid)
To: An MP
Sent: Tue Nov 23 23:44:48 2010
Subject: Mine rescue

My idea is to put a large propeller engine taken off an air force orion in the front of the main entrance to flush fresh air into the mine at 150 km per hour it will flush out the methane gas at that speed it will be like a vaccum and suck it out. Men can walk or ride segways into the mine for speed. Coat the eclectic components in exopy with stop sparks from the motor but this would be ok with the volume of air movement. Make a steel frame to hold the engine and concrete the legs of the frame into the ground with quick dry cement. You could release a hundred or so bats into the mine to test the air and wait for them to come out the ventilation shaft some will settle in the mine others will come out with the air flow.(My grandfather was a westcoast coal miner started work aged 12 in1919)

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Seriously the last thing the dead miners families need is crap like this or the hand wringing of people dreaming of hope.

And right on cue there is the proof positive as to why recovery people couldn’t be sent into the mine. There has been a second explosion in the mine.

Coal mines are nasty things, especially if greenies think that protecting a few trees is preferable to protecting the lives of miners. To get an idea as to why recovery people may never actually ever get to go down that mine look no further than Centralia, Pennsylvania.

Centralia is a borough and ghost town in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United States. Its population has dwindled from over 1,000 residents in 1981 to 12 in 2005, 9 in 2007, and 7 in 2010 as a result of a mine fire burning beneath the borough since 1962. Centralia is now the least-populous municipality in Pennsylvania, with four fewer residents than the borough of S.N.P.J..

Centralia is part of the Bloomsburg–Berwick Micropolitan Statistical Area. The borough is completely surrounded by Conyngham Township.

All properties in the borough were claimed under eminent domain by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1992 (and all buildings therein were condemned), and Centralia’s ZIP code was revoked by the Post Office in 2002.

Now would all the fools wanting to risk the lives of people to go pick up body bags just STFU.


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