Delbarton Mine

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The Delbarton Mine "includes one underground room and pillar mine and a preparation plant. The plant also processes coal from two surface mines of the Logan County Resource Group. Delbarton ships coal to customers via the Norfolk Southern railway in unit trains of up to 110 railcars."[1]

Lawsuit

At least 150 families lost their water in 2000 and 2001 after Massey Energy’s Delbarton Mining longwalled under Riffe Branch, nearby Duncan Fork, Academy Bottom and Hillman Drive. The company was ordered to provide residents with a temporary water supply after its mining destroyed their natural water supply, but residents claimed the water the company provided, stored in plastic containers, was contaminated with bacteria, including e-coli. A lawsuit was then filed by residents of of Delbarton alleging they received contaminated water from Massey’s Delbarton Mining Co.[2]

In 2004 a civil jury ordered Massey Coal Services to pay $1.54 million in damages to the 245 residents for drying up their water wells after the company began mining under their homes. After six weeks of testimony and more than 40 hours of deliberation, the jury concluded that Massey acted “with malicious, willful, wanton, reckless or intentional disregard for plaintiffs’ rights.”[3]

Mine Data

  • Owner: Delbarton Mining Co.
  • Parent company: Massey Energy
  • Location: Boone County, West Virgina
  • GPS coordinates:
  • Production: 2,274 thousands of tons
  • Type of coal: High Vol Met, Utility, and Industrial
  • Mine type: Underground
  • Equipment: Longwall
  • Number of employees:
  • Established/Acquired: 1978
  • Recoverable Reserves: 286,747 thousands of tons

Contact Details

Delbarton Mining Co.
Delbarton, WV
Phone: (304) 475-3600

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References

  1. Massey Energy, "Mining Locations", Massey Energy website, accessed October 2009.
  2. Jeff Young, "Massey Energy: WV’s own", Sludge Safety website, accessed October 2009.
  3. Martha Bryson Hodell, "Jury orders Massey Coal to pay $1.54M for drying up neighbors’ wells", The Daily Record, September 17, 2004.

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