Monthly Archives: June 1996

The Westray mine disaster

NEWS IN REVIEW AND COMMENT, Shunpiking Magazine, Volume 1, Number 6, 1996

THE WESTRAY MINE in Pictou County is situated in North Central Nova Scotia where there are numerous coal seams, one of which in the Foord seam – the thickest – and mined by Westray. Yet it is also one of the most dangerous to mine by underground means anywhere in North America. The geology of this area means underground mining is always fraught with dangers from methane gas and instability, even more than is usual in mining. Continue reading

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