Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

July 11, 2013

CONSOL cited by W.Va. for coal slurry death

CHARLESTON —  CONSOL Energy has been cited by West Virginia mining regulators for the November 2012 collapse of a Harrison County coal slurry impoundment that left a miner dead.

Dozer operator Markel Koon of Shinnstown and his machine were swept into the impoundment when an embankment collapsed at the energy company’s Robinson Run Mine’s Nolan Round impoundment near Lumberport. He was 58.

In a decision released Wednesday, the state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training said the embankment was not constructed or maintain to ensure the safe operation of mobile equipment, according to the Charleston Gazette.

Two other CONSOL workers survived. Koon’s body wasn’t recovered for more than a week.

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