“Richard Stickler is a very competent MSHA official. He has done his best to see that the job is done right. He cares greatly about these miners,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). But many experts have questioned why Stickler allowed “anyone, including rescuers, into the still-dangerous” Crandall Canyon mine. Stickler is a former coal official whom the Senate had twice rejected because the mines he managed “incurred injury rates double the national average.”
UPDATE: Zappatero at SquareState has more.