MSHA cites W.Va. mine where conveyor belt burned

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The federal Mine Safety and Health
Administration has issued a dozen citations and enforcement orders
at an Alpha Natural Resources mine where a conveyor belt burned.

The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/JU2Kpl) reports that among
its findings, MSHA accuses management at Alpha's Road Fork No. 51 mine in Wyoming County of failing to evacuate when thick smoke was discovered.

An MSHA spokeswoman has said the mine was cited for serious and
substantial violations.

Alpha spokesman Ted Pile says workers handled the Road Fork
incident properly and it wasn't life-threatening.

The incident prompted MSHA to undertake a one-day inspection
blitz at 43 former Massey Energy operations last week in West
Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky. Virginia-based Alpha bought
Massey's operations last year for $7.1 billion.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette,
http://www.wvgazette.com

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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