Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 7, 2012

Divers to search W.Va. slurry pond Saturday

Associated Press

BRUSHFLUMBERPORT — A complex dive effort to recover a bulldozer driver missing in a massive West Virginia coal slurry pond will begin Saturday morning, eight days after he went into the muck.

Consol Energy’s Lynn Seay says federal officials approved the plan late Thursday.

Pennsylvania-based Consol also got permission to resume use of its slurry pond, which takes waste from the Robinson Run mine prep plant in Harrison County.

The dive attempt involves lowering a 40-foot pipe vertically to the dozer location.

Divers will go down through as water jets push away silt. They’ll work by touch to try to locate the missing man, who hasn’t been identified.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says a dog brought to the site Thursday night indicated the team is working in the right spot.