The safety record of the Russian mining industry has been called into question after several casualties were reported this week at a site 750 miles northeast of Moscow. The incident has already drawn the attention of federal regulators as the country struggles to safely commercialize the natural resources of some of its most remote regions.
According to Energy Digital, the Russian Interior Ministry has confirmed that at least 10 miners perished in an apparent underground explosion near the city of Vorkutinskaya. Equipment monitoring and maintenance records are expected to be among the first materials examined, as the sector has acquired a reputation for negligence in recent times. Just last month, two separate incidents claimed the lives of nine miners.
President Vladimir Putin has already dispatched his top environmental investigators and begun preparing compensation packages for families affected by the industrial disaster. According to International Business Times, the speed and depth at which Putin addresses these issues could be defining factors in the country's continued economic growth.
Government leaders are expecting domestic coal output to climb from 323 million metric tons in 2008 to 400 million metric tons by 2020. According to the news source, the resolution of lingering safety issues could make or break mining companies' attempt to ramp up production.