Successful seals not conventional

EARLIER reports traditional concrete barriers might have contained the January Sago mine explosion appear to have been slightly misleading.

Staff Reporter

In early January International Longwall News published an article on the Sago incident which stated traditional concrete barriers might have prevented the January 2 explosion from reaching the operations area of the Sago Mine.


MSHA officials cited the successful application of seals which contained an explosion in the Gary #50 Mine, West Virginia in June 1995. Media reports indicated the 1995 seals were conventional block seals, but a Minova spokesperson said they were actually Minova Tekseal pumpable seals.


Pumpable seals were not in use at the Sago mine at the time of the disaster.

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