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Volume 62, Number 122, Page 34313


Mine Safety and Health Administration

Petition for Modification

The following party has filed a petition to modify the application of a mandatory safety standard under section 101(c) of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977.

Monterey Coal Company

[Docket No. M-97-65-C]

Monterey Coal Company, Rural Route 4, Box 235, Carlinville, Illinois 62626 has filed a petition to modify the application of 30 CFR 75.1700 (oil and gas wells) to its No. 1 Mine (I.D. No. 11-00726) located in Macoupin County, Illinois. The petitioner proposes to mine through oil and gas wells with the longwall system after they have been properly plugged. In addition, the petitioner proposes to mine through plugged oil and gas wells with continuous miners when no barrier can be left during development mining at its No. 1 Mine. The petitioner states that using the proposed alternative method would guarantee equal or better protection to the miners.

Request for Comments

Persons interested in this petition may furnish written comments. These comments must be filed with the Office of Standards, Regulations, and Variances, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Room 627, 4015 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22203. All comments must be postmarked or received in that office on or before July 25, 1997. A copy of this petition is available for inspection at that address.

Dated: June 16, 1997.
Edward C. Hugler,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health.
[FR Doc. 97-16666 Filed 6-24-97; 8:45 am]