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 Post subject: 13 miners trapped in coal mine in WV
PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2006 10:30 pm 
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Location: Within 60 Miles of the Northern Anthracite Field
gas explosion. thats all thats known for now. check out cnn.com

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 Post subject: Sago Mine West Virginia
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 1:26 am 
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Location: Winnemucca, NV
Information is still sketchy but here are some basic facts about the mine and the situation:

About the Mine
- Name of mine is Sago Mine and located in West Virginia
- One entrance and is a drift entrance (follows coal seam into mountain)
- Room and pillar mining method with continuous miners and shuttle cars
- Mine received 208 citations from MSHA last year including a plan to control methane and breathable dust
- Annual production is 800,000 tons of coal and has been producing since Sept 1999 from Middle Kitanning seam

Current Situation
- 13 miners trapped underground -- fate unknown
- Caused by methane blast
- Miners would be located 10,000 from the drift entrance and 260 feet underground
- Trapped since 6:30am Jan. 2
- Miners have air purifiers but not oxygen tanks
- Rescue drilling is now being done as of 12:04am via 6 inch hole at spot where they believe miners are trapped

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 12:04 pm 
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Location: Above the Sterling Hill Mine
After drilling the 6 1/4 inch bore hole, they examined the air quality inside of the section on the mine they drilled into. The O2 (Oxygen) reading was 20% (very good) however the CO (Carbon Monoxide) readings were 1300 parts per million. At 400 PPM CO is which is considered a very dangerious, you will notice head aches after 1 - 2 hours and unconsciousness or death after 3 - 5 hours of exposure. My CO meter publishes alerts after 5 PPM and most house detectors will alert after 50 - 100 PPM.

Hopefully the miners who are trapped are located in a different location of the mine than where the bore hole was drilled. The self rescuers which these miners are equipted with convert the elevated levels of CO (carbon monoxide) to carbon dixoide only last about 7 hours. These miners are not equipted with any other source of O2.

Rescue workers were sent in the mine to look for the trapped miners, however high levels of CO prevented the workers from reaching the area of the mine where the miners would have been trapped. As a result, a robot has been sent down to look around in areas of the mine inaccessible.

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