Whitesburg KY

Letcher mine owner stripped of license


A Letcher County man will be banned from owning or operating coal mines in the state under a settlement agreement with a mine safety agency.

The agreement was announced last week between the Kentucky Mine Safety Review Commission and Gary Wayne Bentley of Jackhorn, the coowner of a Cumberland mine where a worker was killed in December 2005.

Bentley was the on-shift emergency technician when David “Bud” Morris Jr. bled to death after a mine accident. Bentley had been accused of failing to provide proper care.

The commission acknowledged as part of the agreement that Bentley did not intentionally violate mine safety rules.

Bentley also will lose his underground miner certificate.

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