Dangerous conditions close Pike Co. mine

BELFRY, Ky. (AP) - Workers are pumping millions of gallons of
water out of a mine in Pike County after it was shut down for
safety reasons.

Federal officials ordered the Freedom Energy Mine at Sidney Coal
Company to close last week after a buildup of water in a sealed
portion of the underground mine. Officials were worried about the
seal failing and water flooding into a work area.

The mine is a subsidiary of Richmond, Va.-based Massey Energy. A
Massey spokesman says 28 of the 162 miners employed at Freedom
Energy have been inactivated. The rest were moved to other mines
while the water is pumped out.

Spokesman Jeff Gillenwater said on Friday that the pumping will
continue for another two weeks or more.

He says after that, the mine will be reopened and the inactive
workers will return.

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