Back in business

THE booming sound of activity can be heard again at Consol Energy’s Buchanan mine in Virginia, as coal production officially resumed there June 16. A fire in the mine had halted production since February 14.

Staff Reporter

Over the next several days, the mine will work up to full production levels once again as repair work is done by mine crews.

The Buchanan mine, near Keen Mountain, was sealed in February after a cave-in behind the longwall equipment ignited methane that is believed to have started a fire. Mine rescue teams began their examination of the mine in May following a re-ventilation process.

The 400-strong team at Buchanan mine produces some 4.4 million tons of metallurgical coal annually for its US and international customers.

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