Lincoln County Mine Cited

The head of the Mine Safety and Health Administration said one Lincoln County coal mine had several violations when federal inspectors showed up unannounced. Coal River Mining's Fork Creek No. 1 mine got four closure orders and 10 citations during special impact inspections last month. That included 31 locations where cords were entwined in bolt rollers and hangers, which creates a potential fire and smoke inhalation hazard. Inspectors also found hazardous conditions on conveyor belts, and cited failures to follow ventilation and dust-control plans, among other things.