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Consol gets OK to re-enter Blacksville mine

| 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.

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