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Second Rockfall at Donkin Coal Mine Halts Production

Coal News - Published on Mon, 17 Feb 2020

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CBC News reported that the Nova Scotia Department of Labour has issued a stop work order at the Donkin mine in Cape Breton following a second rockfall in under two weeks. No one was hurt and no machinery was damaged during the incident, Nova Scotia Department of Labour director of inspections and compliance Mr Scott Nauss said “A second rockfall in close proximity to the first is alarming. That is why we have issued a stop-work order, and why we need to ensure that Kameron Coal produces a ground control plan that's going to be adequate before we allow production to resume.”

Provincial inspectors were underground Friday and expected to report back to senior department officials on the extent of the rockfall and any additional safety recommendations.

Kameron Coal said limited activities can continue in the mine, but a company official confirmed those activities are related only to maintenance and repair, and no coal can be extracted until the province lifts the stop-work order.

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Posted By : Nishith Sharma on Mon, 17 Feb 2020
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