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Geophysical Technologies for Detecting Underground Coal Mine Voids:
An Interactive Forum

MSHA Perspective

Presenter: Kelvin K. Wu, Ph.D. P.E. Chief
Organization: U. S. Department of Labor - Mine Safety and Health Administration
Mine Waste and Geotechnical Engineering Division
MSHA Technical Support
Phone: 412-386-6903
Fax: 412-386-4852
Email: wu-kelvin@msha.gov
Mailing Address: Cochrans Mill Road
P.O. Box 18233
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15236

Abstract

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is taking a number of actions to prevent incidents such as the mine inundation at Quecreek Mine and the impoundment breakthrough at Martin County Coal. This presentation will review MSHA's concerns for the potential hazards presented by abandoned mines, and will report on the activities being undertaken by the agency to improve safety in these areas. MSHA's program to fund projects to demonstrate technologies for locating mine voids will be discussed.

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Updated: 04/07/2011

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