Exploring an Abandoned Coal Mine - Part 1

Exploring an Abandoned Coal Mine - Part 1

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Need meters to detect low oxygen and unsafe gasses.
good going guys you know what when i grow um im exploring mines
Yup, dummies like these guys are just begging for trouble. Maybe they should lite something to see if there's any presense of gases.
Cool video, but I have to agree with a lot of the comments. I'm from WV, mines weren't that safe when they were working. It's hard to find someone in WV that don't know someone killed in the mines. If you want to keep doing this, please invest in some safety equipment.
They knew that this mine is safe up to a point to go in from other people who go into it. Otherwise it would be very dangerous from the BlackDamp if you didn't how far the blackdamp stops from the entrance Plus he says he isn't going to go in a passage without a breather. I am assuming everyone goes to this mine and parties a little then gets out.
So many seen and hidden dangers. If you actually have seen anyone get covered up with a roof fall or a rib roll you would definitely not be doing this kinda crap. Even the season for this is very bad. Barometric pressure is a killer in itself. Guys please make this your last mine video. Seen a lot of people getting hurt and a death. Use your brain and keep your family in mind. God bless
Watch this as to how a Coal exploration proceeds

rotting timbers deplete the oxygen in the mine.
Abandoned coal mines are death traps. From explosive gas to oxygen deprived air. I am a licensed mine foreman.
awww get your butt in there wussy
you were way to close to the side wall there for a minute. they are just as dangerous as a roof fall
They don't go back and get the pillars in this kind of conventional mining. And you can tell it's an old mine because for one, you can see where they drill to undercut and blast the fast and also THERE ARE NO ROOF BOLTS. And you passed like 100 roof falls and that is probably some of the worst top I've ever seen. You are not too bright for going in there
You boys are cheating death going in those old mines. If the black damp dont get you, a roof fall will. Only a matter of time till you end up dead in there and stay to the end of time. Not worth it.....
Well they are closing the mines up, more history gone. It helps if you keep location names off the videos. But if more people go up and explore like you do I'm glad they are closing them up, someone's going to get killed.
To paraphrase Obi-Wan Kenobe, "Now there is a level of stupid I have not seen in a long time." What the hell were you thinking going into an abandoned coal mine? This isn't spelunking in a natural cave that has been around for millions of years. This is a man-made disaster waiting to happen. You've got loose top to worry about, cave-ins, black damp, methane gas, and just plain getting lost. Where is your safety equipment? You're not even wearing a hard hat. You're F'ing crazy!
You kids should stay out of the mines. They are not caves as you keep calling them, if it were safe to be in then people like me who work underground wouldn't be getting killed on a regular basis. At least do some research on mine accidents and fatalities, hard rock mine exploration is a lot safer than coal mines.Methane, black and white damp kills so y'all should get mine approved lighting and multi gas detectors that includes methane. The lighting and cameras you are using cause a ignition source and methane is highly explosive.
It's all fun and games until there's a cave in then a rock falls and squishes you like a grape with your innards popping out your eyes and ears.
Yep, we have a abandoned mine had wooden pillars went into the side of big hill, I use to go into it as a child my father warned me not to play it of course I did ,got caught whipped, afew years later it caved in. Glad he made it very clear not to mess around it. He was retired from 32 years in the military so once was plenty to stay away. I'm getting old but I still remember the belt ! About as dangerous a place as there is .
Better watch out guys the Damp will get ya without any detectors. By the way where are your hardhats? Your Gas Detector? A sharp piece of slate in one of those rock falls will split your heads clean in two. Wear Safety Gear at the least so you come out alive. Need some Tips? Go to UnderGoundMiners.com. These Guys are NEPA mine exploring pros. Just the slightest geological disturbance can cause a rock fall or a cave in. Tell your Mama where you are before you go, leave her some coordinates of where you'll be. Know a guy whos dad got caught up in a rock fall. The slate in the ceiling sliced half his head off and he lived for a week and a half before he finally died.
You are lucky to be alive!!! You seemed to have stumbled into what is known as room and pillar method of mining where the method of getting the coal extracted, can end up purposely robing all available coal and never leaves enough coal to support the mine roof top properly ever again and forever. The room and pillar method is done in some mined areas or in all of the mine's mined areas and the mine can end up, completely destroyed inside it 'self and the mine has no safety left so that a person can safely enter into such mined out areas, for the method is made to make the top to fall immediately to the floor of the mine forever. In such areas, the air can sometimes kill instantly in one breath. Some of those mines, methane gas can be found in enough amounts to blow up under the right conditions for coal mine gas ignition. Any coal mine ceiling top that hasn't made it to the floor yet, can so at anytime in the future or even now. Weather can effect the roof to make roof falls inside the mine, one day one may seem safe, next day the weather may make a roof ceiling top to fall, even many many years later. In the video, it showed a mined out pillar of coal that is made into a stump of coal, so that pillar was mined down to a stump of coal. That stump can be a part of room and pillar method mining that has taken place in the past.. I saw in the video a huge peace of roof ready to fall now in the video. And seeing some one crawling under that rock made me shake. I worked in the coal mines, I'm trained in coal mining, I know what I saw. You and everyone needs to stay out of that worked out abandoned mine. Noise, even just bumping those peaces of the walls and roof top, can fall and kill you dead. And if you get hurt in there, any one attempting to come to help you, could die while trying to get you safely out of there.. I saw many other dangers in that video as well. Another danger in that video, is that at anytime, pressure of the roof of the mine can cause any pillar of coal that is supporting that roof, as to fully push that pillar out of it's place. And that means that the coal mine stump can fully explode like a firing shot gun and the coal mine roof can fully fall to the ground all at once and kill anyone under that coal mine roof. Since that roof is messed up, a big mine top fall, may fall for hundreds of feet at one time and completely close off any effected part of that mine forever as if the coal mine tunneled area never existed.

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Coal is extracted from the ground by coal mining, either underground by shaft mining, or at ground level by open pit mining extraction.


Coal is primarily used as a solid fuel to produce electricity and heat through combustion. World coal consumption was about 7.25 billion tonnes in 2010 The price of coal increased from around $30.00 per short ton in 2000 to around $150.00 per short ton as of September 2008. In early 2015, it was trading near $56/ton.