WINDS DESTROY BUILDING Nearly Three Acre Coal Storage Dome Ripped To Shreds
Reported by: Bob Aaron
Videographer: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Bob Aaron
Reported: Mar. 1, 2012 11:54 AM EST
Updated: Mar. 1, 2012 12:25 PM EST
Eyewitness News Photo
, Boone County
, West Virginia
Powerful winds ripped apart a 2.7 acre inflatable coal dust containment building yesterday in Boone County.
The huge structure designed to keep dust from Elk Run Coal from covering the town of Sylvester was destroyed, but Alpha natural Resources says no one was injured when it collapsed. The company expects to replace the dome.
It was built as a result of dust complaints that climaxed in a 2003 lawsuit against the then Massey Coal operation. Residents claimed dust from Elk Run had caused health problems and lowered property values.
An Alpha spokesman said the company would come up with an alternate dust control plan while the building is replaced.