Further funding for void research

ALMOST US$600,000 in mine safety and health contracts have been awarded to the Colorado School of Mines and Blackhawk GeoServices for seismic testing to locate air and water filled mine voids.

Angie Tomlinson

The geophysical technology contracts were awarded as part of a $10 million appropriation to detect mine voids and digitize mine maps in the wake of the 2002 flooding at the Quecreek mine in Somerset, Pennsylvania.

The Colorado School of Mines will conduct seismic tomography at the Edgar Experimental Mine in Idaho Springs.

Blackhawk GeoServices will demonstrate a similar technique at Black Beauty Coal’s Riola Mine in Illinois.