Sunday, December 25, 2011

Mining Companies Back Friend’s Bid for Senate

by: Eric Lipton,
The New York Times News Service | Report 

Nye, Montana - The violation notices keep coming in: broken safety equipment, underground roof collapses, dangerous levels of carbon monoxide — each a hint of the federal enforcement blitz set off more than a year ago by a series of deadly mining accidents across the nation.

Here in Montana, the penalties affect more than mine operators facing fines or shutdowns. The stepped-up oversight is also helping define one of the most competitive Senate races in the country, with Representative Denny Rehberg, a six-term Republican, trying to oust Senator Jon Tester, a first-term Democrat.  READ MORE

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