MADISON, W.Va. — Inspectors with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday they do not expect any violations will be written over a mine blowout in Boone County.

The incident happened Wednesday night in a closed section of the Hobet Mining Complex on Berry Branch near the Boone-Lincoln county line. Inspectors said a wet seal on the abandoned deep mine failed and allowed water to pour out of the mine entry and drain into Berry Branch.

Officials say the seal on the mine already had a pipe draining water from underground into Berry Branch, but the increased flow of water with recent rain and snowmelt may have caused the seal to fail. Water pouring out was clear and did not appear to contain any contaminants. The water was sent to the lab for testing.

Berry Branch flows into the Mud River.

 

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Comments

  • Herder

    The mine has already killed every living organism and polluted everything way before the blow out. No big deal, just like the slurry mess.

  • Brian

    WV DEP doesn't expect any violations? Why? Cooooaaaal is West Virginiaaaaa! So say the 50K Friends of Coal members - your friends and neighbors.

    • Aaron

      What violations should be written?

    • Hillboy

      It was a wet seal, so presumably there was no difference in the quality of the water that was draining from the mine before and after the blow-out.

    • wow

      Brian, did you actually read the story or do you just want to spout off about coal. They are testing the water, you know the same water that was already flowing thru a pipe into the creek. Now if you don't like coal, turn off your lights and sit in the dark. You wouldn't want to support something you don't like would you?

      • wvrefugee

        I did and for the DEP to say "no violations expected" before any investigation smacks of indifference!!! Yep, I'll spout off about Coal........it has killed our fair state for over 100 years!!

        • wow

          You being able to use the power to even post on this site is one of the benefits from coal. Coal as any industry has done its fair share of damage to our state but complain as we may we still won't turn out our lights, funny huh.

        • Aaron

          So what would you cite the company for wvrefugee?

      • Brian

        @wow-you're absolutely right. I don't support contaminated water - NOV or not. Based on your reasoning, that is it is acceptable for an industry polluting a public resource (i.e water), I believe it is you who is in the dark. But don't rely on my opinion alone-there are 300K other people in this state who would can tell you their thoughts on polluted water. I'd start in Kanawha county and work south and upriver.

        • wow

          Brian, again you are having trouble reading. My point is they have not even had a chance to test the water and you are jumping at coal. If the water tests bad they should pay a fine or have to make it right, but you want to just pile on just because it is coal and you don't like coal. Just remember some of the companies mining coal might be bad, just like any industry but that does not make them all bad.