A coal miner is dead after a bulldozer accident in the early morning hours on Sunday.
The incident happened at the Bridger coal mine near Rock Springs, which is jointly owned by PacifiCorp and Idaho Power. The Sweetwater County sheriff’s department says Mark Christopher Stassinos, 44, died after being thrown out of his bulldozer as it plunged over a highwall at the mine.
PacifiCorp spokesman Jeff Hymas says Stassinos had been working there for the last two years, and that mining operations have stopped pending an investigation.
Three miners are being treated for serious burns after a coal-dust fire at the North Antelope Rochelle mine on Tuesday.
The fire started while the workers were changing a bearing on a conveyor, according to Amy Louviere, a spokesperson for the Mine Safety and Health Administration. She writes in an email that coal dust filled the space the workers were in, and was ignited by the machinery. The agency is investigating.
An explosion at a coal mine northeast Wyoming was big enough to register on seismographs on the scale of a small earthquake.
Some people in Gillette reported feeling the ground shake from 16 miles away.
The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the blast at 11:11 a.m. Tuesday. The blast happened in the area of Cloud Peak Energy's Cordero Rojo Mine southeast of Gillette and registered as large as a magnitude 4.5 earthquake.