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A seal breaching operation in Quinland Coal Mine: a case study.

Authors
Doyle-Coombs-DM; Hansford-R
Source
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9207, 1988 Jan; :1-21
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
10006297
Abstract
In late July 1985, air samples from a sealed portion of the Quinland Coal Mine in West Virginia showed the presence of carbon monoxide (CO). Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) personnel concluded that a fire was burning behind the seals. Since an imminent danger existed, the mine operator was given a closure order. The gases behind the seals were monitored, and almost 2 million ft3 of carbon dioxide (CO2) gas was pumped into the sealed area to stabilize the environment. Sixteen days after the closure order was issued, MSHA allowed the mine to return to production. Approximately 1 yr later, mine management submitted a seal breaching request to MSHA in order to drive a set of entries to further develop the mine. The Bureau of Mines established a sampling strategy and monitored gases from behind the sealed area during the breaching operation until the atmosphere was safe. This report is an account of the seal breaching conducted by the mine, MSHA, and the Bureau. The logistics of this event, the sampling strategy, and the equations applied could be used by the mining industry in future breachings or mine recovery operations. Time to reenter the area was calculated by using the methane (CH4) concentrations sampled at the discharge of the seals. Tracer gas was used to verify the ventilation flows through the area.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Mining-engineering; Mine-gases; Underground-mining; Coal-mines; Gas-analysis; Mine-fires; Safety; Coal-mining
CAS No.
74-82-8; 124-38-9; 630-08-0
Publication Date
19880101
Document Type
IH; Information Circular
Fiscal Year
1988
NTIS Accession No.
PB90-265406
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
IC-9207
NIOSH Division
PRC
Source Name
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9207
State
WV; PA
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