The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said Sept. 16 that it has resolved 1,753 safety violations at five northern West Virginia mines.
An administrative law judge has approved a settlement between the mines’ new owner, Murray Energy, and MSHA. The settlement calls for Ohio-based Murray Energy to pay $3.3 million for the violations issued to the mines and their previous owner, CONSOL Energy (NYSE: CNX).
“This global settlement resolves MSHA violations issued prior to the Murray Energy purchase and operation of the mines and brings a close to all related, outstanding litigation,” said Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. “We believe this will allow Murray to focus its time and effort on current and future safety, health and compliance issues.”
The order by an administrative law judge with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission settles violations issued to the Blacksville No. 2, Robinson Run No. 95, Shoemaker, Loveridge No. 22 and McElroy mines, all of which are equipped with longwalls and work the high-sulfur Pittsburgh coal seam. Murray Energy purchased the mines in December 2013.