DEP Closing Dangerous Mine Shaft

DEP Closing Dangerous Mine Shaft

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection says someone broke the shaft’s concrete cap.

That opening is near several homes in Milam. It’s also near a popular gathering spot for teens.

DEP officials say falling into the shaft would be deadly, it’s 190 foot drop and it’s filled with water.

Thaxton Construction will backfill the shaft with shot rock and cover it with a soil cap and vegetation.

The over $150,000 dollar project will be funded by the Abandoned Mine Land Fund.

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