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Control Of Methane During Coal Mine Shaft Excavation And Filling; Handbook For Methane Control In Mining
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    6/1/2006
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    In This Chapter [Ventilation and methane sampling guidelines for conventional shafts Dealing with restricted spaces where methane can accumulate Ventilation and methane sampling at raise bore drills and Filling shafts at closed coal mines] It is not unusual to encounter methane gas during shaft excavation or shaft-filling operations. Shafts into coalbeds usually produce the most methane, so the information in this chapter applies primarily to shafts at coal mines. Nevertheless, much of the information is relevant for noncoal mines that have methane in the mine or in the overlying strata. METHANE IN SHAFTS EXCAVATED BY CONVENTIONAL MEANS (DRILL, BLAST, MUCK) [ ] Ventilation. Shafts excavated by conventional means are ventilated with a fan on the surface connected to ductwork that extends down into the shaft (Figure 9-1). Shafts into coalbeds should have ventilation systems designed to handle the higher gas flows to be expected as the shaft excavation passes through any over-lying gas-containing strata and nears the coal-bed to be mined. Following are some simple ventilation guidelines for the minimum amount of air required and the selection of the ventilation duct: • Provide enough air to meet the mini-mum OSHA tunnel requirement of 30 ft/min air velocity in the open shaft, as specified in 29 CFR2 1926.800(k)(3). For example, a 20-ft-diam shaft having

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