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Mining Company to Plug Wells After Explosion Rocks House


A mining company has agreed to plug the water wells on a Wyoming County road, where residents say it’s responsible for property damage after an explosion.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Pinnacle Mining Company agreed to pay for the wells to be plugged and to monitor the Pineville area for methane gas after last month’s hearing in federal court.

James and Rose Surratt, along with other residents and a small business owner, filed emergency motions asking that the company be required to take immediate action after a Nov. 15 explosion of methane gas at one of the Surratts’ homes.

The company operates an underground longwall mine that runs, in part, underneath where the Surratt home.

The motion says an inspection concluded methane gas was coming from Pinnacle’s operation below the house.