Analysis of Small-Scale Thrust Faults and Their Effect on Coal Mining in Southern West Virginia

Jones, Thomas Z.
Organization: International Conference on Ground Control in Mining
Pages: 8
Publication Date: Jan 1, 1986
Deep mining within the Sewell Coal member of the New River Formation in southern West Virginia has exposed several small-scale thrust faults and related features. The faults were en- countered in Westmoreland Coal Company's Eccles No. 6 Mine located near Beckley, West Virginia (Figure 1). The purpose of this paper is to: 1) describe the nature of these faults and the effect they have on mining, 2) discuss the roof support methods used in the fault zones, 3) establish a mechanism for the origin of the faults. and 4) demonstrate how the mechanism was used to forecast fault trends across the mine property.
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