All 21 seals built by company advance teams at the KuhnTown and Orndoff locations of the mine were enforced to strengths mandated by the approved construction plan. Meanwhile, safety and compliance training for all Blacksville No. 2 miners has also been under way in anticipation of the start date.

CONSOL COO for Coal Operations Jimmy Brock hailed the cooperation between the company and regulatory officials. “On behalf of all CONSOL Energy employees, we want to acknowledge and send a special thank you to all those who worked safely and compliantly to get the Blacksville No. 2 mine back in operation,” he said. Blacksville No. 2 produces approximately 400,000 tons of coal per month under normal operations.