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1/3/06-Tallmansville, W.V.

Mine Officials 'Very Discouraged'

After drilling a hole from the surface into the mine, International Coal Group President Ben Hatfield said testing revealed a high quantity of harmful carbon monoxide in the air.

"This carbon monoxide level far exceeds regulatory limits for respirable air ... " said Hatfield. 

A camera also was dropped into the mine via the drill hole, and the "visual search" of the area in the mine was "inconclusive," Hatfield said.

An explosion that occurred Monday morning trapped the 13 miners and there has been no contact with them since the blast.  The initial blast might have been caused by lightning.

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