CAM Mine 28

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CAM Mine #28 is an underground operation in Pike County, KY, owned by Wexford Capital.

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Mine Data

  • MSHA ID: 1518911
  • Operator: CAM Mining LLC
  • Controller: Wexford Capital LLC
  • Union:
  • County: Pike
  • State: KY
  • Latitude: 37.34
  • Longitude: -82.54
  • 2007 Production (short tons): 633,852
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Mining Method: Underground
  • Mine Status: Active
  • Average No. of Employees: 83

Federal safety concerns

In June 2011, federal officials said in a court filing that coal miners working underground were warned in advance of a search for cigarettes and lighters at the CAM 28 mine with a history of methane gas leaks. Officials were concerned a lighter's flame could ignite a deadly explosion. The inspectors had planned to search CAM Mining's No. 28 mine on June 17, 2011, after receiving a tip about miners smoking underground, but said the workers were warned about the inspection by the coal operator, despite attempts to approach underground working areas undetected.[1]

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References

  1. Dylan Loven, "Feds: underground Ky. mine warned of inspection" Forbes, June 24, 2011.

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