Channel 11 goes underground at biggest underground coal complex in world

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GREENE COUNTY, Pa. —

Channel 11 got an underground look at the biggest underground coal complex in the world.

Consol Energy’s Baily Mine Complex is in Greene County, and Channel 11’s Cara Sapida went underground to get an exclusive look.

Sapida was fitted from head to toe with gear and an oxygen tank that every miner wears on his belt before descending 750 feet below ground.

The mine produces 30 million tons of coal a year and employs 2,500.

“Coal is our main blood here in western Pennsylvania.  It’s our livelihood,” said Jason Willard, a miner in training.

Safety is the mine’s No. 1 priority.

“The environmental impact has been improved.  Ninety percent of emissions that used to occur are gone now,” said Sen. Tim Soloby.