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Article written by Michelle Malkin that sheds considerable light on what really went on down in Chile. Enjoy something good for a change.

The Chile Drillers

CBS? NBC? ABC? ....An American Hero? Can't have that, can we?

While the White House may not believe in American exceptionalism, I do. And I'm thinking there's a whole bunch of people in Chile that would agree.

Regarding the mine rescue, did you know:

The guy that designed the rescue module was a NASA Engineer?

The Drill was made by Schramm Inc. from Pennsylvania.

The Drill Bits were made by Center Rock, Inc. located in Berlin, Pennsylvania.

The lead driller Jeff Hart and his team are from Denver, Colorado. They are on loan from the US Military in Afghanistan where they are drilling water wells for our Forward Operating Bases.

He spent the next 33 days on his feet, operating the drill that finally provided a way out Saturday for 33 trapped miners. "You have to feel through your feet what the drill is doing; it's a vibration you get so that you know what's happening," explained Hart.

Hart was called in from Afghanistan, "simply because he's the best" at drilling larger holes with the T130's wide-diameter drill bits, Stefanic said.

Standing before the levers, pressure meters and gauges on the T130's control panel, Hart and the rest of the team faced many challenges in drilling the shaft. At one point, the drill struck a metal support beam in the poorly mapped mine, shattering its hammers. Fresh equipment had to be flown in from the United States and progress was delayed for days as powerful magnets were lowered to pull out the pieces.

The mine's veins of gold and copper ran through quartzite with a high level of abrasive silica, rock so tough that it took all their expertise to keep the drill's hammers from curving off in unwanted directions. "It was horrible," said Center Rock President Brandon Fisher, exhausted after hardly sleeping during the effort.

Fisher, Stefanic and Hart called it the most difficult hole they had ever drilled, because of the lives at stake.

"If you're drilling for oil and you lose the hole, it's different. This time there's people down below," Stefanic said.

"We ruined some bits, worked through the problems as a team, and broke through," Hart said. "I'm very happy now."

Miners' relatives crowded around Hart on Saturday, hugging and posing for pictures with him as he walked down from the rescue operation into the tent camp where families had anxiously followed his work.

"He's become the hero of the day," said Dayana Olivares, whose friend Carlos Bugueno is one of the miners stuck below.

In a different day and age, Jeff Hart would be the most famous American in our country right now. He would be honored at the White House. Schoolchildren would learn of his skill and heroism. But because Jeff Hart works in an industry currently being demonized by (insert name for the clowns currently running our country) more people in Chile will celebrate this symbol of American greatness than in America itself.
- Michelle Malkin
 

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Maybe when Obammy and his fellow Demunists are stuck in a hole, Mr. Hart will go on vacation....we can dream can't we....I am dreaming of waking up Wednesday in a VERY good mood!
 

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It is a shame that the usless media won't report anything good about this great country, just the dirt, and only the dirt on the people they want to hurt
 

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Interesting.

Not saying there wasn't a lot of USA effort, but it wasn't the USA alone.

The Chilean mine rescue got a HUGE amount of press over here in South Africa, because a team of South Africans went to Chile immediately after it happened. South Africans know a thing or two about mining, I'm learning.

<i>"The Murray & Roberts team not only hastened to the scene directly after the accident occurred to offer assistance, but also drilled the circulation tunnels that were used to send food, water and other supplies down to the mineworkers with the help of their Chilean company, Terracem. In addition, their colleagues in South Africa proposed the design for the rescue capsule here in South Africa. Murray & Roberts' engineers in South Africa did all the calculations that were necessary to carry out the rescue effort, which included determining the width of the shaft and the capacity of the crane," he added.</i>
 

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Lots of people/companies were involved with the effort. My company supplied the specialized cutting inserts that went into the bits. A huge amount of thought went into just that little detail. Pretty imperssive that the operation went as well as id did.
 

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Left on his own,Obama woulda sent Robert Reich and a delegation from the United Mine Workers Union to blame the entire thing on greedy Republicans and President Bush.
 
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