FAIRMONT — Consol Energy released a statement Tuesday regarding the fatal vehicle accident near the Loveridge mine:
At 6:10 p.m. Monday, Consol Energy was notified by an independent surface drilling subcontractor that one of its employees who was performing work near the Loveridge Preparation Plant was fatally injured when a small core drilling rig he was operating rolled over.
Consol Energy granted Seitel Inc. access to its property to conduct geophysical seismic testing, for which it had obtained the necessary permits. The independent testing was not associated with Consol Energy's active coal mining or gas operations.
State and federal agencies as well as OSHA were notified Monday evening and are onsite today to begin investigating the cause of the incident. Consol Energy will provide updated information related to the investigation as it becomes available.