Rescue teams working to recover the bodies of workers killed in the Jim Walter Resources mine explosions September 23rd have been pulled. Officials say conditions in Blue Creek Number Five mine are dangerous because of high levels of methane gas.
The US Mine Safety and Health Administration says a methane level of 22% was detected in one area of the mine and 6% in another. Blue Creek was the site of the nation's worst mine disaster since 1984 when a roof fall last month triggered two explosions that killed 13 miners.
The mine is located in Brookwood, which is near Birmingham. Twelve bodies still remain inside.