Underground gas fire the fifth at Russell Vale mine in less than two years

Ben Langford
Updated February 5 2024 - 3:56pm, first published January 31 2024 - 7:02pm
Pictures from the 2023 investigation show the detail of the ignition incident. Left: the gas escaped from this borehole. Right: the continuous mining machine from where the spark came. Pictures from NSW Resources Regulator.
Pictures from the 2023 investigation show the detail of the ignition incident. Left: the gas escaped from this borehole. Right: the continuous mining machine from where the spark came. Pictures from NSW Resources Regulator.

The mass layoffs at Wollongong Resources' Russell Vale mine over the past two weeks came as a shock - but the problems which caused them have been building.

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Ben Langford

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