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UPDATE: Gas drilling worker dead in Marion County

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One worker is dead after an incident near Consol Energy's Loveridge Preparation Plant in Marion County.

Consol released a statement saying the company was contacted around 6:10 p.m. Monday by a drilling contractor that was performing work near the preparation plant "independent of Consol Energy."

A drilling rig overturned and crushed the victim, according to the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.

The rig was conducting exploratory work in the Marcellus Shale, MSHA said it has learned. It was drilling 30-foot deep holes and setting off shots for the purpose of seismic testing.

MSHA District 3 personnel responded and are investigating for possible jurisdiction under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977. The information gathered will be reviewed by MSHA personnel, in concert with the Office of the Solicitor for jurisdiction and possible legal action.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is working with MSHA to establish jurisdiction



A person is dead after an incident near the Loveridge Preparation Plant, in Marion County, WV a Consol rep confirms. Consol was contacted around 6:10 p.m. Monday by a surface drilling contractor. The deceased person was performing work "independent of Consol Energy."

State and Federal Agencies have been notified and are expected to arrive tomorrow.


The Marion County 911 Center confirmed Monday night that fire, law enforcement and EMS services are at the scene at the Loveridge Mine in Fairview, Marion County. The Office of Emergency Management is also there.

According to the 911 center, the call came in around 6 p.m. for a "car accident on mine property". The Fairview Fire Department has confirmed that the incident involves a bulldozer. We've learned that the machine rolled down a hillside several times and that the worker was trapped beneath the 18,000-pound bulldozer.

Marion County 911 has confirmed that the medical examiner was called to the scene.

Keep checking wowktv.com for updates on this developing story.

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