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UPDATE: 1 Dead After Accident Near Marion County Mine

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MSHA said it will not be the lead investigator in this incident because it does not have the jurisdiction to do so.

OSHA confirmed it will be investigating and said it has not cited any violations yet, but that it has 6 months to do so.  

OMNI Energy has confirmed one of its workers died as a result of the incident in Marion County. It released this statement on Tuesday afternoon.

"OMNI Energy Service Corp. was notified Monday evening of an accident involving one of our employees in the area of Fairview, West Virginia, which tragically resulted in his death. The accident investigation is ongoing at this point, and we are cooperating fully with government officials. We mourn the loss of our employee, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family."

CONSOL issued an additional statement on Tuesday afternoon:

"At 6:10 PM Monday evening, CONSOL Energy was notified by an independent surface drilling subcontractor that one of its employees who was performing work near the Loveridge Preparation Plant was fatally injured when a small core drilling rig he was operating rolled over.

CONSOL Energy granted Seitel, Inc. access to its property to conduct geophysical seismic testing, for which it had obtained the necessary permits.    The independent testing was not associated with CONSOL Energy's active coal mining or gas operations.

State and federal agencies as well as OSHA were notified Monday evening and are on-site today to begin investigating the cause of the incident.  CONSOL Energy will provide updated information related to the investigation as it becomes available."

CONSOL did not provide any details on how OMNI and Seitel, Inc. are related.  OMNI was contacted about that statement, but has not yet provided those details.

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MSHA has released a statement regarding the death of a drill rig worker that happened at the Loveridge mine in Marion county Monday evening:

A worker at a drill rig was reportedly killed when the drill rig overturned and crushed the victim. It has been reported that the drill rig was conducting exploratory work for marcellus shale deposits. The drill rig was drilling 30 ft deep holes and setting off shots for the purpose of seismic testing for potential marcellus drilling.

This activity was being conducted near the Loveridge mine.

MSHA District 3 personnel responded and are investigating for possible jurisdiction under the Mine Act.

The information gathered will be reviewed by MSHA personnel, in concert with the Office of the Solicitor for jurisdiction and possible chargeability.

OSHA has also responded and is working with MSHA to establish jurisdiction.

MSHA confirmed the surface drilling company as OMNI Energy, based out of Carencro, Louisiana.

The Marion County Sheriff's Department said the man that was killed was in his early 40s and worked for OMNI Energy, but was not a West Virginia resident. The sheriff's department has not yet released his name.

MSHA said the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is the lead investigator, instead of MSHA, because the incident did not happen on bonded mine property.

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CONSOL Energy has confirmed a person is dead after an incident near Loveridge Preparation Plant.

CONSOL was contacted around 6:10 p.m. Monday by a surface drilling contractor. It said the deceased person was performing work "independent of CONSOL Energy."

State and Federal Agencies have been notified and are expected to arrive Tuesday.


Emergency crews and mine officials are on scene of a confirmed bulldozer accident at the Loveridge Mine in Fairview.

Marion County 911 said it dispatched crews after receiving a call around 6 p.m.

The Office of Emergency Management, MSHA, and the medical examiner are also on scene.

Marion County officials said a machine rolled down the hillside four times, trapping a person.

We will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.

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