CONSOL Energy says it's got federal approval to restart its sprawling Blacksville No. 2 coal mine starting with Monday's morning shift.
The operation, on the West Virginia-Pennsylvania border, was evacuated March 12 after smoke was reported pouring from a shaft. The fire was extinguished March 21.
CONSOL has been working to safely resume production. The mine employs about 500 people and typically produces about 400,000 tons of coal a month.
Jimmy Brock, CONSOL's chief operating officer for coal, says the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration signed off on 21 newly constructed seals at the mine.
The company has conducted safety training to prepare for the restart so workers are familiar with changes underground and in the mine's ventilation plan.
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