High gas hits Metropolitan

WORKERS have been prohibited from entering Peabody Energy’s Metropolitan colliery in the Illawarra region after high levels of carbon dioxide and methane gas were discovered at the mine on Thursday night.

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The longwall shearer at Peabody Energy's Metropolitan mine in NSW.

At about 6pm on March 21 the New South Wales Resources Regulator was notified that workers had been withdrawn from the mine following the detection of the gas.