WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (8/7/13) - Alliance Coal, LLC (“Alliance”) confirmed today that production operations at the Onton mine, operated by Alliance’s subsidiary Sebree Mining, LLC (“Sebree Mining”) near the city of Sebree in Webster County, Kentucky, were temporarily suspended on July 24, 2013 due to adverse geological conditions that disrupted ventilation in an area of the mine.
All miners withdrew from the mine after the conditions were discovered, and no one was injured.
“Since the time of the interruption, Sebree Mining has been working under plans approved by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) and the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing (“OMSL”) to isolate the affected area and to confirm a safe working environment prior to resuming production,” said Heath Lovell, Vice President of Operations. “These efforts are ongoing and Sebree Mining expects to resume production in the near future.”
In early 2012 Alliance purchased the Webster County based Onton No. 9 mining complex, formerly known as Advent Mine, and an estimated 40 million tons of coal reserves in the West Kentucky No. 9 coal seam. At that time the mine operated three mining units that employed room-and-pillar mining techniques, producing about 2.1 million tons of coal and employing 315 miners. A fourth unit was scheduled to be added at that time.
J-E News Editor
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