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Patriot Coal cleans up after Kanawha Eagle slurry spill

Keywords: Tags  Patriot Coal, slurry spill, Kanawha Eagle mining complex, metallurgical coal, Janine Orf, Stacy Irish

NEW YORK — 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 Coal’s Kanawha Eagle mining complex near Winifrede, W.Va.

"Mine personnel 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 said.

"Containment activity 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 Protection’s 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.

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