Mohalik, N.K. and Singh, R.V.K. and Sural, G. and Barnwal, R.P. and Pandey, J. and Singh, V.K. (2004) Environmental impact of coal mine fire during excavation of developed galleries by opencast method. Indian Mining & Engineering Journal , 43 (11). pp. 30-35. ISSN 0019-5944

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Presently about 80% of the production of coal in India is being produced from opencast mine. The opencast mine in our country either virgin coal seams or underground developed seams in shallow depth. Most of the coal mines were developed earlier by underground and presently it is being excavated by opencast method to increase the production, specially in Jharia coalfield. The spontaneous heating/fire has occurred in the galleries of developed pillars due to intrinsic characteristics of coal and mining operation. Fire in the developed galleries affects the normal production during excavation by opencast method and also causes direct loss of equipment, environmental pollution and loss of country’s precious coal reserves. It releases noxious gases, heat, smoke, dust and posa a serious health hazard. Fire in mines also causes direct loss of equipment, damage to surface structure. The objective of this paper is to asses the causes of coal mine fire in opencast workings of developed galleries and suitable suggestive measures for controlling and combating the intensity of the fires.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Mine Fire
Depositing User: Dr. Satyendra Kumar Singh
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2011 04:24
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2012 04:25

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