Westray Silos to Come Down

Mine portal to be sealed

Westray Silos to Come Down

Mine Entrance to be Sealed

This item appeared in the
The Globe and Mail
Wednesday, 21 January 1998

The tall blue coal silos that have reminded the people of Pictou County of the Westray coal mine tragedy for nearly six years are about to come tumbling down. A Cape Breton company, All Steel Coatings Ltd., has been awarded an $847,770 contract to dismantle the silos and seal the portal to the mine, where 26 men died in a methane and coal dust explosion on May 9, 1992. The sealing will be done in such a way that the mine could be re-entered if a decision is made to try to recover the bodies of the eleven miners entombed there, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation and Public Works said yesterday.

Westray Demolition Contract Awarded

$847,770 to All Steel Coatings Ltd.

Press Release, 20 January 1998 5:00pm

Reclamation Work at Plymouth

Transportation and Public Works today awarded the contract to All Steel Coatings Ltd. of Port Hastings for reclamation work at the Plymouth (Westray) Mine Site. This project will begin immediately and includes: Environmental concerns will be addressed by an on-going surface water monitoring program, groundwater monitoring program and the testing of the evacuated fill material to ensure Department of the Environment compliance.

This $847,770 reclamation contract is expected to take at least six months to complete.

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