Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Toll-Free Mine Emergency Number Activated

Press Release Date:  Monday, June 12, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Mark York

1-877-MINE 911 to be manned 24 hours daily

FRANKFORT, Ky.– A toll-free number to report mine emergencies has been activated by the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing (OMSL), Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today.

1-877-MINE 911 will be manned 24 hours a day by OMSL and the state Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort.

“The line was developed for coal companies to report accidents quickly since every second counts when miners’ lives are in danger,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Timely reporting of mine emergencies is part of our commitment to insure that every miner returns home safely.”

Senate Bill 200, passed by the 2006 General Assembly, requires any mine fire, explosion, entrapment of an individual (for more than 30 minutes), inundation of water or gases and serious injury or a fatality to be reported within 15 minutes of actual knowledge of the occurrence.  Failure to report the emergency will result in penalties of a minimum of $10,000 and a maximum of $100,000.

Companies are encouraged to use the reporting line immediately, even though the reporting requirement of Senate Bill 200 does not take effect until July 12.