This mine is in the Pittsburgh number 8 seam . We sure don`t need a coal fire in it. Feb 28 Consol had announced that it will idle its Northern West Virginia Blacksville No. 2 longwall mining unit and reduce its continuous mining operating schedule to 4 days per week. Shutting down this longwall will reduced 400,000 tons of production per month. If there is a fire they will have to seal the mine and wait. Let us hope it can be put out before it spreads. Alpha also mines in the Pittsburgh number 8 seam.
Consol Energy’s Blacksville No. 2 Mine remained closed today as the company works to extinguish a fire underground that forced the evacuation of the mine on the border of Pennsylvania and West Virginia Tuesday afternoon.
Crews pumped about 125,000 gallons of water into the mine through a borehole Wednesday morning and later began drilling the first of three more bore holes through which more water will be pumped. Methane and carbon monoxide levels are also being monitored.