Working Coal Mines
Coal mines are of great importance today, because not only are they a source of energy, but there are a lot of people employed in coal mines. Working in coal mines is extremely laborious and dangerous.
The world's deepest coal mine is found more than 5000 feet underground in the United Kingdom. There are many working coal mines in the United States as well that are more than 1200 feet deep. Most of these mines are closed and very few are still in operation. In North America, the coal mine with the deepest vertical shaft is found in Alabama, and it has operations going on as far below as 2140 feet underground. Coal mines that are underground such as this one can be extremely dangerous because there are many gases underneath the surface of the earth. These gases, along with coal dust, make it very easy for fires to break out and explosions to happen. For this reason mine safety is a serious issue that is of utmost importance to all working coal mines.
There have been many coal mine disasters in the past and even recently. They generally catch the attention of the entire world, and involve rescue workers that work without stopping until every man trapped inside is taken out, alive or dead. Mining can be a dangerous job and for this reason safety is absolutely essential. This sometimes means that the mining industry pays a high price in productivity.
There are many robotic and above ground machinery that have made mining much safer, easier and much more profitable. But it isn't all about the workers or even all about the coal. There are also environmental issues to take into account when it comes to coal mines. All the earth that is dug up, for instance, has to be put back into place one the mining and extraction is over. All the processes involved in coal mines have to cause as little harm to the environment as possible, and the same goes for the disposal of any waste materials that these processes result in.
Currently, the United States has many innovations that help protect the environment without hindering the working of coal mines or the industry. These new ideas are quite expensive when it comes to the initial capitalization of an operation, but once they are implemented they start bringing in profits over a significant time period, so that there are no losers.
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