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Chile’s Mine Rescue Brings Global respect?

From a somewhat memory challenged Associated Press:

Chile’s textbook mine rescue brings global respect

By Frank Bajak, Associated Press Writer
October 14, 2010

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile – Chile’s 33 rescued miners have met with the country’s president in the hospital ward where they’re being checked after being pulled from the mine.

Doctors say most are doing well and several are expected to be released today, reuniting with their families and beginning to deal with an onslaught of global interest in their ordeal.

President Sebastian Pinera is celebrating the success story as an achievement that will bring Chile a new level of respect around the world

Yes, as is so often the case, Chile has the foresight to call a private firm in the United States (Center Rock, Inc. of Berlin, PA) .

From Center Rock’s website:

Center Rock’s Drill Breaks through to Chilean Miners Trapped 2,070 feet Underground

Rescue shaft used advanced drilling technology at San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile

October 9 (The San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile) – The Center Rock drill being used to reach trapped miners more than 2,000 underground, often referred to as “Plan B” by the media, has broken through to the miners today, far ahead of the earlier projections that drilling might take until Christmas.

Brandon Fisher, CEO of Center Rock, Inc. has been on-site directing the drilling of the shaft to rescue the 33 trapped Chilean gold and copper miners. The planned rescue itself will be by using a steel capsule, the “Phoenix” designed by the Chilean navy which will be lowered into the hole to bring the miners to the surface one-by-one.

Brandon Fisher, whose American company built the drills, said that the pneumatic-based drilling system that bored the rescue shaft hole used four hammers instead of just one – similar to the drill that Center Rock used to initially reach the miners with a 12” pilot hole.

Center Rock’s drilling expertise was called upon by industry experts and Chile to drill this rescue bore hole for the 33 miners who were trapped during a cave-in on August 5th. The first small bore hole that reached the miners 17 days after the mine collapse brought news to the world they were alive 2,070 feet below the surface. Rescuers have been sending food, medicine and letters through a small pipe to the miners, as well as video cameras so the miners can communicate with their families.

Of course we wouldn’t want to give any credit to a private American company that isn’t even part of the federal government. Especially one that helps to scar Mother Earth.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, October 14th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Chile’s Mine Rescue Brings Global respect?”

  1. It should be noted that the US government did offer help at the start, but was promptly rejected by Chile.

    Center Rock is the vendor that supplied the drilling equipment.

    That said, it is also notable that the Chilean president thanked many dignitaries around the world but intentionally omitted Obama. The last time the US was given the middle finger by Chile was 1970 – 3 years later, the USA disrupted Chile’s politics for the better part of the next two decades. Could this be repeating itself, this time with a vengeful Obama instead of Nixon?

    As for coverage, this is where the Spanish-language media got it better than the English-language media.

    As for global respect, I have to believe that this is short-lived…and it will be forgotten by this time next year.

  2. canary

    Perhaps if Center Rock were to bill Chile for the use of their miracle drill & owner who directed the saving of the minors, the AP would not have inexcusably omitted the credit the U.S. private company.

    The AP writer’s names may explain the inexcusable lack of recognition. Center Rock should bill Chile

    Associated Press writers Frank Bajak, Franklin Briceno, Peter Prengaman, Vivian Sequera and Eva Vergara at the mine and in Copiapo, Chile; AP television producer Theodora Tongas in Athens; and AP Television Writer Lynn Elber in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

  3. misanthropicus

    Tell you what –
    Chile did very fine when hit by earthquake –
    Then in this very difficult thing, they did a very good job – the fact that the equipment is US made doesn’t lessen the fact that they are competent and efficient –
    Further, they probably rejected all the buffoonery that comes, unfortunately from the US, in this type of situations –
    No Sean Penn being briefed by authorities, no Jolie praying in a Woodoo garb, no Anderson Cooper saving a bloodied child, no Diane “painfully-concerned” Sawyers asking embarassed ministers whether indeed everything possible has been done, no George Clooney asking the world to do SOMETHING! no Madonna praying in a sterilized tent – all these gross hystrionics weren’t there – all the rotteness that the US MSM sloshes over the world at any opportunity of this kind wasn’t there –

    Bravo! Great job, and indeed Chile deserves all the credit for this –

    And now the BIG thing –
    Can’t be here a connection, correlation or even a direct causal relationship between their obvious competence, efficiency and decency of how this operation was run, and the fact that Chile is the most middle-class, most christian, conservative and anti-left country on the Southern continent?
    No Guevaras, no mystical revolutionaries descending from Chicago to save the downtrodden… no bombast… no hope and change…
    … imagine…

  4. canary

    misanthropicus/”Bravo! Great job, and indeed Chile deserves all the credit for this -”

    yours is just another post that shows Center Rock should bill Chile. You left out NASA & Germany’s role in the capsule, and NASA also being on sight aiding the miners & advising Chile through the long ordeal.

    The Wall Street Journal: Capitalism Saved the Miners
    By Daniel Henninger Oct 14, 2010

    … Ask the miners.

    If those miners had been trapped a half-mile down like this 25 years ago anywhere on earth, they would be dead. What happened over the past 25 years that meant the difference between life and death for those men?

    Short answer: the Center Rock drill bit.

    This is the miracle bit that drilled down to the trapped miners. Center Rock Inc. is a private company in Berlin, Pa. It has 74 employees. The drill’s rig came from Schramm Inc. in West Chester, Pa. Seeing the disaster, Center Rock’s president, Brandon Fisher, called the Chileans to offer his drill. Chile accepted. The miners are alive.

    Longer answer: The Center Rock drill, heretofore not featured on websites like Engadget or Gizmodo, is in fact a piece of tough technology developed by a small company in it for the money, for profit. That’s why they innovated down-the-hole hammer drilling. If they make money, they can do more innovation.

    This profit = innovation dynamic was everywhere at that Chilean mine. The high-strength cable winding around the big wheel atop that simple rig is from Germany. Japan supplied the super-flexible, fiber-optic communications cable that linked the miners to the world above.

    A remarkable Sept. 30 story about all this by the Journal’s Matt Moffett was a compendium of astonishing things that showed up in the Atacama Desert from the distant corners of capitalism.

    Samsung of South Korea supplied a cellphone that has its own projector. Jeffrey Gabbay, the founder of Cupron Inc. in Richmond, Va., supplied socks made with copper fiber that consumed foot bacteria, and minimized odor and infection.

    Chile’s health minister, Jaime Manalich, said, “I never realized that kind of thing actually existed.”

    The profit = innovation dynamic was everywhere at the mine rescue site.
    Podcast: Listen to the audio of Wonder Land here.

    That’s right. In an open economy, you will never know what is out there on the leading developmental edge of this or that industry. But the reality behind the miracles is the same: Someone innovates something useful, makes money from it, and re-innovates, or someone else trumps their innovation. Most of the time, no one notices. All it does is create jobs, wealth and well-being. But without this system running in the background, without the year-over-year progress embedded in these capitalist innovations, those trapped miners would be dead.

    The miners’ rescue is a thrilling moment for Chile, an imprimatur on its rising status. But I’m thinking of that 74-person outfit in Berlin, Pa., whose high-tech drill bit opened the earth to free them. You know there are tens of thousands of stories like this in the U.S., as big as Google and small as Center Rock. I’m glad one of them helped save the Chileans….

    entire article
    http://online.wsj.com/article/wonder_land.html


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