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Jan212011

Mining Owners at Fault for Chilean Mine Collapse, Report Says

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LONDON) -- A commission appointed by the lower house of Chile's Congress found that Alejandro Bohn and Marcelo Kemeny, who own the mining company San Esteban Primera, are at fault for the October 2010 mine collapse that left 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for 72 days, according to The Telegraph.  The commission report stated that the mine owners failed to put "adequate safety measures in place, required by the authors." 

"There has clearly been negligence on the part of the company," said Deputy Felipe Harboe, a member of the commission.

Chile's mining regulator, Sernageomin, has also been declared at fault due to insufficient inspections in the mine.

The commission, however, found no fault with Chilean President Sebstian Pinera and other government officials, stating their relationship with the mining regulator and the mining ministry was "indirect."  In fact, Mr. Pinera's approval ratings improved significantly after the incident with eight out of 10 Chileans approving his management of the situation.

The families of 27 of the men have filed compensation claims against San Esteban Primera as well as Sernageomin.

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