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Dredges brought in for search for W.Va. worker

Dec. 02, 2012 @ 02:05 PM

SHINNSTON, W.Va. (AP) — Thick material is complicating the search for a bulldozer operator who plummeted into a coal slurry pond in West Virginia.

Mine Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman Amy Louviere says divers have returned to the pond at Consol Energy’s Robinson Run mine in Harrison County. But diving isn’t likely Sunday because of the thickness of the material in the pond.

She says options are being considered.

The bulldozer operator has been missing since an embankment at the Nolans Run impoundment collapsed Friday. Two engineers who also tumbled into the water were rescued.

Louviere says platform barges and dredges are being assembled for use in the search. Another pump is being installed for heavier materials, such as sediment.

Coal slurry impoundments are used to contain both solid refuse and the wastewater product known as slurry.