More Information Sought on Proposed Mine Shaft

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia environmental regulators want more information from a coal mine operator that proposes building a ventilation shaft near Grafton's Tygart Lake State Park.

The state Division of Mining and Reclamation asked ICG Tygart Valley LLC to show how noise would be minimized from any proposed ventilation shaft site.

Residents and park visitors are concerned about noise from a large fan and about methane coming through the shaft. Those concerns prompted ICG to consider alternate locations.

The Department of Environmental Protection says it doesn't foresee methane issues from the shaft because the concentration of the gas would be small.

ICG is a subsidiary of Arch Coal.

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