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Marsh Fork Mine

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  • Summary
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    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Citations, Orders, and Safeguards
    Please Note: Marfork Coal Company Inc has been the current operator since 1/1/1996

    Year 103(k) 104(a) 104(b) 104(d)(1) 104(d)(2) 104(g)(1) 314(b) Proposed
    Penalties ($)
    Current Penalties ($) Amount Paid
    To Date ($)
    1995 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    1996 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    1997 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    1998 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 150.00 150.00 150.00
    1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00
    2002 0 17 0 0 0 0 0 1,637.00 1,637.00 1,637.00
    2003 0 84 0 0 0 0 2 9,859.00 9,859.00 9,859.00
    2004 1 139 0 0 0 0 0 34,788.00 34,788.00 34,788.00
    2005 0 74 1 0 0 0 1 26,544.00 24,303.00 24,303.00
    2006 0 83 0 0 0 0 1 26,692.00 25,225.00 25,225.00
    2007 1 45 0 0 0 0 1 40,962.00 23,912.00 23,225.00
    2008 0 193 0 4 2 0 1 518,700.00 498,845.00 89,692.00
    2009 0 110 0 0 0 1 2 181,155.00 181,155.00 22,410.00
    2010 0 94 0 2 0 0 0 51,955.00 51,955.00 16,500.00
    Note: Vacated Citations are not included in any reports on the DRS.

    Injuries, Hours Worked, and Production Totals
    Injuries, Hours Worked, and Production Totals
    Please Note: Marfork Coal Company Inc has been the current operator since 1/1/1996

    Year Fatal Operator
    Injuries
    NFDL Operator
    Injuries
    Fatal Contractor
    Injuries
    NFDL Contractor
    Injuries
    Operator Hours
    Worked*
    Coal
     Produced 
    (tons)
    Operator Fatal
    Incidence Rate**
    Operator NFDL
    Incidence Rate**
    Mine Type
    National Fatal
    Incidence Rate**
    Mine Type
    National NFDL
    Incidence Rate**
    1995 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0.0464 10.01
    1996 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0.0607 8.54
    1997 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0.0434 8.34
    1998 0 0 0 0 19,991 54,539 0.00 0.00 0.0449 8.88
    1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0.0369 8.19
    2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0.0454 8.29
    2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0.0756 7.13
    2002 0 3 0 1 40,504 128,089 0.00 14.81 0.0366 7.13
    2003 0 4 0 0 174,885 966,482 0.00 4.57 0.0340 6.27
    2004 0 2 0 2 178,560 996,976 0.00 2.24 0.0368 5.60
    2005 0 4 0 2 204,110 835,860 0.00 3.92 0.0336 5.11
    2006 0 5 0 0 150,803 650,386 0.00 6.63 0.0721 4.79
    2007 0 1 0 0 64,116 178,956 0.00 3.12 0.0423 4.75
    2008 0 4 0 1 99,832 211,676 0.00 8.01 0.0213 4.26
    2009 0 3 0 0 133,640 273,476 0.00 4.49 0.0117 4.04
    2010 0 0 0 0 31,000 59,265 - - - -
    *   Hours worked and accidents & injuries now include office hours or accidents (subunit 99).
    ** Current rates are based on data available as of 2009 Quarter 4. For a further explanation, please see this.
  • MSHA Data
  • Production
  • Massey wins Marsh Fork Silo Suit

    March 25, 2011

    Massey will not be required to monitor the health of children attending an elementary school 235 feet from their new coal silo. A jury ruled in favor of Massey, rejecting claims that the coal dust covering the playgrounds and hallways of the elementary school came from the silo. Lawyers for the plaintiffs had requested that Massey pay for long-term medical monitoring of the children, whereas lawyers for the defense countered that there was no way to prove where the coal dust came from and that since no children had been diagnosed with black lung disease, it would be unreasonable to force Massey to pay for medical screening for it.

    Read articles at http://www.wvmetronews.com/news.cfm?func=displayfullstory&storyid=44160 and http://www.wvpubcast.org/newsarticle.aspx?id=19485

    Testimony begins in Marsh Fork silo lawsuit

    March 16, 2011

    A class action medical monitoring lawsuit has begun in Charleston, WV pitting coal mining company Massey against children at the Marsh Fork Elementary school. Plaintiffs attorneys opened arguments by claiming that dust from the new Massey coal silo, located only 78 yards from the school, is not properly closed and its coal dust has gotten into the school and created a number of health risks children attending it including black lung disease. Plaintiffs are asking for medical monitoring for the children.

    Defendants countered arguments saying that the new silo was vastly improved compared to the older one, so the fact that it was 50 times bigger and twice as close is irrelevant since the silo is not emitting dust. They also claimed that medical monitoring was unnecessary and inappropriate because no children at the school have developed black lung disease.

    Read article at http://www.register-herald.com/todaysfrontpage/x740877166/Testimony-begins-in-Marsh-Fork-silo-lawsuit

    MSHA announces results of December 2010 impact and regularly scheduled inspections

    January 27, 2011

    MSHA has announced the results of its targeted inspections conducted in December 2010 in coal and other mines. Mines on the list had been targeted for heightened levels of scrutiny, and for the thirteen coal mines inspected, a total of 186 citations were issued of which 53% were S&S violations. However, unlike previous impact inspections, several mines (N&L Slope operate by Bear Gap Coal, and Road Fork #51 and Marsh Fork Mine both owned by Massey) actually came through the inspections with no violations. The rest of the mines faired far worse, averaging more than 18 violations each.

    Read press release at http://www.msha.gov/MEDIA/PRESS/2011/NR110127.asp or see enforcement summary document at /documents/master-inspection-list-targeted-enforcement-dec-2010

    MSHA Press Release: 550 violations cited in latest ‘impact inspections’

    The Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced that as a result of their “special impact” inspections, initiated in the wake of the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion, resulted in a total of 341 violations in their inspection of 15 coal mines. The rest of the violations occurred in 15 metal/non-metal mines.

    Mines were targeted based on their history of prior violations. Included were the Advantage Number 1 mine in Kentucky, which was issued 51 violations. Another was the Straight Creek #1 Mine (also in Kentucky), which was issued 39 violations. A later, regularly-scheduled inspection on October 14 found that many of the conditions had not changed, and the mine was closed until the problems were corrected.

    The full list of coal mines cited is

    Read more at http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/MSHA/MSHA20101464.htm

  • News
  • Master Inspection List, Targeted Enforcement, Sept 2010

    A list of the mines inspected and citations issued in the September 2010 push by MSHA to reinspect mines with a pattern of violations.
    http://coaldiver.org/documents/master-inspection-list-targeted-enforcement-sept-2010

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