Agent
Conrad B. Houser
Primary examiner
David J. Bagnell
Application number
558826&
Kind
A
Document number
5782539
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Wall-to-wall surface mining process

5782539 - 558826& - USPTO

Application Nov 16, 1995 - Publication Jul 21, 1998

Randall D. Peterson

Abstract

A mining process that consists of a combination of surface mining and underground mining techniques carried out in a novel extraction sequence. The coal seam is first mined by surface-mining stripping methods to produce a highwall. Roadways to a predetermined distance underground from the surface highwall are then developed using continuous mining equipment, so that a panel of coal with a minable underground face or wall is blocked out. A longwall is then set up at the face and the panel is mined in retreat toward the surface highwall to a safety barrier determined by the highwall slope. Adjacent panels are successively developed and extracted by longwall mining, thereby permitting the recovery of substantially all coal reserves between the surface highwall and the predetermined distance at which the underground wall was set up.

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