Cape Breton coal mining suspended after new roof collapse; no injuries reported

Nova Scotia Government

Operations at Canada's only operating underground coal mine have been suspended due to another roof collapse, this time in the entrance tunnel to the Cape Breton colliery.

Nova Scotia's Labour Department said Monday that inspectors have been sent to the mine to look at the extent of the rock fall that occurred over the weekend, when no workers were in the area.

Scott Nauss, the province's senior director of inspection compliance, says there were no injuries in the incident, which comes after a series of roof collapses last year in working areas of the Donkin mine.

Kameron Coal's operations in Cape Breton were suspended for just under a month in late December before the company was allowed to partially resume activities in one portion of the mine while it prepared a revised roof support plan.

The roof plan approved on May 7 allowed the company to mine in two sections of the Donkin mine totalling 730 metres of added rock face.

In late May, there was also a temporary closure of the mine after a small methane fire broke out and was rapidly extinguished along one rock face.