Filming for TV Series in WV Mine Completed

By: VICKI SMITH - Associated Press Writer
By: VICKI SMITH - Associated Press Writer

Filming of a reality show in a West Virginia coal mine has ended without accident or injury, but federal inspectors did cite the owner for 19 safety violations over three months.

Cobalt Coal Corp. is working with producer Thom Beers on "Coal," a Spike TV series set to premiere at 10 p.m. March 30.

Nine more one-hour episodes will air each Wednesday.

Filming at the Westchester mine in McDowell County started November 9 and finished January 21.

During that time, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration cited the company for 19 violations. About half were considered significant and substantial, or likely to cause injury.

Chief Executive Mike Crowder says that's below the industry norm.

He says he welcomes inspections because he's committed to running a safe mine.

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