Search continues for worker in W.Va. slurry pond

December 2, 2012

SHINNSTON, W.Va. (AP) – Searchers are trying to pinpoint the location of a bulldozer that plummeted into a coal slurry pond in West Virginia.

Mine Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman Amy Louviere says searchers believe the bulldozer is about 25 feet to 35 feet below the surface. They’re using metal rods to confirm its location.

Sheet pilings will be placed around the bulldozer to isolate it. Louviere says the hope is that divers can then enter the area and find the bulldozer operator.

The worker has been missing since Friday when an embankment at the impoundment collapsed at Consol Energy’s Robinson Run mine in Harrison County. Two engineers who also tumbled into the water were rescued.

Coal slurry impoundments are used to contain both solid refuse and the wastewater product known as slurry.



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