TribLIVE

| Business


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Consol gets OK to re-enter Blacksville mine

On the Grid

From the shale fields to the cooling towers, Trib Total Media covers the energy industry in Western Pennsylvania and beyond. For the latest news and views on gas, coal, electricity and more, check out On the Grid today.

Daily Photo Galleries

Business Photo Galleries

Monday, March 25, 2013, 5:09 p.m.
 

Consol Energy Inc. said its Blacksville No. 2 mine has been cleared for re-entry on Wednesday after a fire that idled 650 workers and shut down the complex for two weeks.

Cecil-based Consol said on Monday it believes the fire at the mine on the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border “has been successfully extinguished” and that federal, state and union officials approved going back inside to check conditions.

Consol did not say when the mine may be reopened for production.

Blacksville No. 2 was evacuated on March 12 when smoke was detected coming from a shaft. The company said it pumped water into the mine and sealed off the fire area. The work was finished at 7 a.m. Sunday.

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, along with state officials and the United Mine Workers, approved the plan to enter the mine, Consol said. Re-entry will begin at 7 a.m. Wednesday if atmospheric monitoring continues to indicate the move is safe.

The mine normally produces about 400,000 tons of coal each month.

Kim Leonard is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5606 or kleonard@tribweb.com.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Business Headlines

  1. 153-year-old Venango well pumps out oil, history
  2. Small retailers at intersection of social networks, foot traffic
  3. In ‘StockCity,’ real investing like game
  4. Woman on dating site looks too good to be true: How to vet that pic
  5. Business Council for Peace program works to export profits, peace
  6. Test-tube tuna may be sea change
  7. Kia’s 1st electric vehicle charges fast, goes distance
  8. Kennametal names replacement for retiring CEO
  9. Iron ore price decline hurts U.S. Steel’s cost advantage over rivals
  10. Pennsylvania unemployment rate drops to six-year low
  11. Know flat-rate repair times
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.