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Drainage of methane from the overlying Pocahontas no. 4 coalbed from workings in the Pocahontas no. 3 coalbed.

Authors
Finfinger-GL; Cervik-J
Source
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 8359, 1979 Jan; :1-15
NIOSHTIC No.
10000673
Abstract
The Bureau of Mines conducted an experimental degasification project in Island Creek Coal Company's Virginia Pocahontas No. 5 Mine. Methane from the overlying Pocahontas No. 4 Coalbed was entering mine workings in the Pocahontas No. 3 Coalbed through fractures in the roof rock. Small-diameter (1-5/8-inch) holes were drilled into the overlying coalbed to reduce the gas pressure and intercept methane flows, which were piped to the surface through an underground 6-inch- diam steel pipeline. The total methane flow rate from the vertical holes averaged 150,000 ft3/day for the first month. Methane flows into the mine were reduced by 47 pct, thereby demonstrating the effectiveness of this form of degasification in reducing ventilation requirements and providing a safer working environment.
Keywords
Mine-gases; Mining-industry; Methanes; Methane-drainage; Methane-control; Explosive-gases; Explosive-atmospheres; Underground-mining; Coal-mining; Control-technology; Engineering-controls
CAS No.
74-82-8
Publication Date
19790101
Document Type
IH; Report of Investigations
Fiscal Year
1979
NTIS Accession No.
PB-296882
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
RI-8359
NIOSH Division
PRC
Source Name
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 8359
State
VA; PA
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