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Application of gas-enhanced foam at the Excel No. 3 mine fire.

Authors
Trevits-MA; Smith-AC; Ozment-A; Walsh-JB; Thibou-MR
Source
Proceedings of the National Coal Show, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 7-9, 2005. Denver, CO: Mining Media, Inc., 2005 Jun; :1-17
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20030567
Abstract
The Excel No. 3 Mine is a room-and-pillar mining operation owned by MC Mining LLC, a subsidiary of Alliance Resource Partners LP, which produces coal from the Pond Creek Coalbed in Pike County, KY. Late on December 25, 2004, a fire was discovered near the bottom of the slope and, after an unsuccessful attempt to fight the fire underground, it was decided to address the fire remotely from the surface. The mine operator developed a plan to fight the fire that called for the installation of temporary seals at the slope and mine shafts to eliminate the inflow of oxygen. In addition, the plan called for drilling and completion of vertical boreholes into select areas of the mine workings to monitor the mine atmosphere and inject nitrogen gas and gas-enhanced foam. Over the next 9 days, nitrogen gas was injected almost continuously and gas-enhanced foam was injected periodically as deemed necessary. On January 7, 2005, it was determined that the fire was successfully suppressed. This paper presents a discussion of the firefighting approach and an analysis of the results of the application of gas-enhanced foam technology.
Keywords
Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Coal-mining; Safety-research; Injuries; Hazards; Mine-fires; Room-and-pillar-mining; Emergency-response; Fire-fighting; Gas-sampling
Contact
NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 18070, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Publication Date
20050607
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
PRL
Source Name
Proceedings of the National Coal Show, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 7-9, 2005
State
PA; TX; CT; KY
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