U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez issued the following statement on the death of two miners at Star Mine Operations LLC's Revenue Mine in Ouray, Colo.:
"An apparent explosives accident claimed the lives of two Colorado gold miners today, and sent other miners to the hospital. I offer my heartfelt condolences and prayers for the families of the victims and the injured. I was moved by the efforts of the first responders within the mining community--especially the mine rescue teams that were dispatched so quickly in the wake of the accident. The Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration is committed to conducting a thorough investigation of this tragedy to determine its exact cause."