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Efforts are under way to stabilize the ground beneath occupied buildings and roads in MacArthur to prevent the collapse of abandoned mine tunnels from effecting the surface. Efforts are under way to stabilize the ground beneath occupied buildings and roads in MacArthur to prevent the collapse of abandoned mine tunnels from effecting the surface.
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MACARTHUR -

Operations are under way to keep buildings in MacArthur from collapsing along with abandoned mine tunnels under the area.

Robert Rice, the Chief of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Abandoned Mine Land Program, said the one-year contract began in the second week of September.  Since that time, contractors have been pumping a grout mixture into the ground in the MacArthur area.  The mixture is being used to stabilize the earth under existing occupied businesses, homes and roadways.

Rice said that the effort is not just restricted to Raleigh County and the MacArthur area.  The stabilization is happening all across the southern coalfields in West Virginia.  The goal is to keep collapsing tunnels in deep mines from effecting structures on the surface.

An abandoned mine is defined as a mine that ceased operation before August 1977.  Rice said that once the mixture that is being used hardens, the stabilization should not need regular maintenance.