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Methane ignites at Cape Breton coal mine rock face - Report

Coal News - Published on Fri, 24 May 2019

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The Canadian Press reported that a Cape Breton colliery has been issued another stop work order after a methane fire occurred as coal miners worked on the rock face Tuesday afternoon. Mr Harold Carroll, the provincial Labour Department’s executive director of occupational health and safety, confirms the ignition of the underground gas at the Donkin mine and says there were no injuries as a result of the flames. He said that inspectors have been sent to the mine, and work on the area where the ignition occurred has been suspended as investigations are carried out.

It’s the latest incident at the colliery operated by Kameron Coal, a subsidiary of US-based Mining Corp, where a series of massive roof collapses last fall led to the temporary suspension of operations.

The flames occurred in an area of 730 metres of rock face that the Labour Department permitted to reopen for coal mining in January after the roof falls in December.

An email from Shannon Campbell, vice president of project development at the mine, says the ignition of the methane occurred at 2:30 p.m. while cutting sandstone in the upper part of the mining face, and the resulting flames were extinguished by its employees.

In an earlier interview, Carroll had said the fire occurred Tuesday night. Campbell said the crew “used handheld fire extinguishers to put out the fire and managed the face conditions for about 60 minutes.”

The mine executive that “The presence of sandstone as a conduit of methane in the face area is an understood phenomenon in the Sydney coal field.”

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Fri, 24 May 2019
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