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|In mid-1979, J&L Steel Corporation experienced rapid failure of pillars after only two weeks' operation with a combination of full retreat and partial mining in the 154 Road Section of its Nemacolin Mine, Greene County. The rate of advance of the "squeeze line" was very rapid for the first 500 feet, but it slowed down considerably as it approached some large coal blocks and gas well barrier pillars. After moving all section equipment out tc a safe distance, all accessible headings and crosscuts were filled with cribs and tri-set posts to prevent further spread of the squeeze. At one time, there was great apprehension by mine management that without implementation of some immediate corrective measures the safety of #3 airshaft and the only haulage and access road to the 8 Road mining area would be in jeopardy. In September, 1979, the U.S. Bureau of Mines established convergence monitoring stations outby the squeeze area. Readings were taken at weekly intervals until January, 1980, and monthly thereafter. Mathematical calculations, plot- ting of contour maps, and graphing of total convergence at different stations were used to follow and analyze the progress of the squeeze and provide guidelines for mining plans in the adjoining areas.|
Additional chapters/articles from the SME-ICGCM book Proceedings Of The 1st Annual Conference On Ground Control In Mining
|Stress And Stability In Coal Ribsides And Pillars||Improved Design Of Coal Pillars For U.S. Mining Conditions||Review Of Pillar Design Equations Including The Effects Of C||Abutment Pillar "Notching" Improves Abutment Tunnel Roof Con||The Influence Of Certain Geologic And Geotechnical Factors O||Considerations Of Gas Outbursts In Using Dome Salt Mines For||An Overview Of Bureau Of Mines Ground Control Research||Stability Behaviour Of Coal Mining Tunnels With Different Su||Strata Disturbance Prediction For Mining Beneath Surface Wat||Monitoring For The Evaluation Of The Stability Of Undergroun||Controlled Thrust And Torque Placement Of Mechanical Anchor||Roklok Polyurethane Binder: A Chemical Injection System For||Resupporting High Roof Falls||A New Combination Friction-Suspension Support System Scott||Inorganic Cement Grouted Bolt System||Development Of A Resin Point Anchor||An Engineering Analysis Of "Squeeze" Failure Of Pillars In T||Ground Control In Multiple Seam Mining||Applications Of Reflection Seismics To Mapping Coal Seam Str||The Use Of Geologic Modeling In The Prediction Of Adverse Ro||Design Of Shield Supports For The U.S. Coal Mining Industry||Longwall Mining Of Thin Seams||Support Selection For The Multi-Lift Mining Method||Design And Operation Of Powered And Entry Supports||Evaluation Of Existing Predictive Methods For Mine Subsidenc||A Study Of Longwall Subsidence In The Appalachian Coal Regio||Subsidence Studies In Thick And Steep Coal Seam Mining|