ENVIRONMENT

Large flame in Russell Vale methane incident

THREE workers have been exposed to a large flame after a frictional ignition of methane in a heading in Wollongong Resource’s Russell Vale underground coal mine in New South Wales.

The continuous miner exposed a borehole in the mid-section of the left rib adjacent to the face.

The continuous miner exposed a borehole in the mid-section of the left rib adjacent to the face.

At 3.20am on May 27, a crew of miner were working in an underground roadway at the mine identified as D Heading PC29, which was about 52m inbye of the nearest intersection. During the shift, an operator...

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