This process was completed March 24. An analysis indicated the fire was successfully extinguished and company officials have said they would allow re-entry pending further testing; Blacksville No. 2 produces approximately 400,000 tons of coal monthly under normal operations.

“I am extremely proud of the successful collaborative effort from federal and state agencies, the UMWA, contractors-vendors and our employees on site who worked around-the-clock to remotely extinguish a fire in less than 12 days,” said CONSOL Energy Senior Vice President Chuck Shaynak. “We accomplished all of the work without an injury.”