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North Goonyella still far away from re-entry

North Goonyella re-entry
Re-entry to North Goonyella may be some time away

North Goonyella re-entry may be still far away according to sources. In an update today on the North Goonyella mine, Peabody have advised that the onsite team has continued to work from above ground to monitor gas levels and conditions underground using remote-control cameras, monitors and other equipment.

The release affirmed that Peabody will use the coming weeks to continue to monitor the mine, pump water and drill holes for additional temporary ventilation control devices in preparation for planned re-ventilation.

Underground access at the mine remains prohibited at the site and exclusion zones apply to surface areas of the mine.

Mine management have continued to observe strict environmental standards and PPE protocol to ensure worker safety.

Peabody says that CO levels across the mine still remain slightly elevated (We’re still wondering what this means!)

Peabody reported reported, temporary ventilation control devices have been installed across the 53-54 cut-through area and drilling has commenced to install another row of devices across the 19-20 cut-through area in preparation for planned re-ventilation.

Source close to the mine say that the North Goonyella re-entry may be several months away even if conditions in the mine improve following ventilation. “The risk of another fire is always present at this mine” they told AMSJ.

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