A coal producer in the Illinois basin region of the US, Foresight Energy, has re-entered its Deer Run mine and commenced construction of underground ventilation control stoppings.
The company expects that the stoppings will help it control ventilation in the mine and allow Foresight personnel to complete the current longwall move.
Once the longwall move is finished, Foresight has indicated it will seal the current longwall district, where the combustion event occurred and the resultant elevated carbon monoxide levels were located.
The company is confident in its underground mining personnel and is maintaining communication and working with regulatory agencies in order to complete this longwall move and fully recommence normal longwall mining operations at the Deer Run mine.
Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcoal.com/mining/15102015/foresight-controlling-ventilation-at-deer-run-mine-3014/