Consol's McElroy hit with imminent danger

FEDERAL officials recently issued an imminent danger order to Consol Energy’s McElroy operation in northern West Virginia, according to a federal filing by the company this week, though it was quickly abated.
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Consol's McElroy Plant Exterior

Donna Schmidt

The producer said in an 8-K report with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that the order was issued by the US Mine Safety and health Administration on January 9.

No injuries resulted from the condition. A Consol Energy spokeswoman told ILN Wednesday afternoon that no evacuation of the mine was necessary.

“However, production of the associated longwall mining unit was stopped until the situation was corrected,” she added, but did not comment further.

Consol confirmed the Marshall County mine’s order was removed the following day.

MSHA data reflects the imminent danger order and notes it as non-assessable under its penalty structure.

Imminent danger orders are issued by MSHA under section 107(a) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act, also known as the Mine Act.

The McElroy operation, near Moundsville, operates a longwall as well as continuous mining sections. It produced over 10 million tons of steam coal from the Pittsburgh 8 seam in 2011.

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