Massey Energy uses water in its mining and coal preparation processes. Water supplies are abundant in Central Appalachia and we want to make sure that continues. We are forming a task force to look for ways to reduce our water usage to a minimum.
Improving Water Treatment
The abundant streams and rivers of Appalachia not only contribute to the beauty of the region, they also serve as a primary source of water for our families, our communities and wildlife. That’s why we have committed millions of dollars in recent years to develop new mining technologies aimed at preventing spills and protecting watersheds.Our teams work diligently to meet the rigorous effluent requirements for water discharged from active mining operations. Our goal is to exceed Clean Water Act requirements.
Moving to a Real-Time Clean Water Solution/Testing
Massey maintains more than 2,500 water outlets across our operations. To be certain the water quality in all of these outlets meets or exceeds both state and federal Clean Water Act mandates, we are bringing innovative and proprietary technology online to provide water quality results more quickly – in near real time.
This investment in technology allows our water quality engineers to aggressively monitor each outlet and rapidly identify potential excesses in water particulates. By moving from a paper to a computerized system, we are at the forefront of the industry.
Developing Slurry Monitoring Systems
Massey Energy operates 15 coal preparation plants in Appalachia. These facilities operate around the clock separating millions of tons of rock from coal every year. The water and small rocks generated by this process, referred to as “slurry,” are pumped through slurry pipelines to impoundments. Approximately five billion gallons of liquid are pumped annually through slurry lines that can run more than one-half mile in length.
Our unique Slurry Monitoring System continuously measures the flow and pressure of these lines, checking for leaks or breaks. If the system detects a drop in flow or pressure, the program will immediately shut down the slurry line to prevent a major incident. The company has invested more than $100,000 at each of its coal preparation plants to install the slurry line technology. Designed by Massey engineers and information technology specialists, our Slurry Monitoring System was the first of its kind employed in the industry.