Cleanup work is under way at Patriot Coal Corp.s
processing facility in West Virginia after a coal slurry spill,
vice president of investor relations Janine Orf told
AMM in an e-mail.
The spill occurred
Feb. 11 at St. Louis-based Patriot Coals Kanawha Eagle
mining complex near Winifrede, W.Va.
provided notification to the West Virginia Department of
Environmental Protection and all pumping related to the slurry
line was promptly discontinued and the discharge ceased," Orf
began immediately at the site and is continuing in Fields
Creek, and is our top priority. Cleanup activities are underway
and will continue until state regulatory officials determine
the spill is remediated," she said, adding that Patriot Coal is
cooperating fully with the Department of Environmental
Protections investigation into the spill.
The coal slurry is
primarily a mixture of fine coal, rock and water.
Processed coal from
the Kanawha Eagle mining complex, which can be sold both to the
metallurgical and thermal coal markets, is shipped via CSX
Corp. rail directly to the customer or trucked to a loading
facility on the Kanawha River, where it can be loaded on barges
or transported on Norfolk Southern Corp. rail.