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Environmental Groups Appeal Permits for Mariner East 2 Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Mariner East, Posts, Shale Gas, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Environmental Groups Appeal Permits for Mariner East 2 Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline

On Monday, February 13, 2017, environmental advocacy groups Clean Air Council, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, and Mountain Watershed Association immediately appealed the issuance of twenty permits necessary for Sunoco Pipeline L.P. to begin construction of its proposed Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids pipelines. Earlier that evening, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued the erosion and sedimentation control and water obstruction and encroachment permits, designed to ensure watershed protection. Environmental...

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Rustic Ridge #1 Deep Mine: Our Position

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Coal, Deep Mine, Indian Creek, Posts, Water | 1 comment

Rustic Ridge #1 Deep Mine: Our Position

We apologize in advance for this lengthy post but hope you’ll stick with us until the end. LCT Energy LP has proposed an underground mine in the Donegal and Saltlick Township areas of the Indian Creek watershed. The permit for the Rustic Ridge #1 mine was issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) on December 23, 2016. We have serious concerns about risks to community health and safety given the history of abandoned mine drainage in the Indian Creek watershed. The history of deep mining in our area is one...

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Gutting Stream Protection Rule Puts Communities & Water At Risk

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Coal, Posts, Water | 0 comments

Gutting Stream Protection Rule Puts Communities & Water At Risk

Congress is attempting to gut a commonsense protection for communities devastated by pollution from coal mining. And they are using an obscure provision – the Congressional Review Act – to do it with almost no debate. Why? Because coal companies want them to. After close to a decade of work, the Obama administration finalized the Stream Protection Rule. The SPR is the first major update to surface mining protections in 30 years. This long awaited rule is pretty simple. It gives communities information about mining operations near...

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MWA Appeals Rustic Ridge Deep Mine Permit

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Coal, Deep Mine, Indian Creek, Posts, Water, Yough River | 2 comments

MWA Appeals Rustic Ridge Deep Mine Permit

Today, we filed an appeal of the issuance of a permit for LCT Energy LLC’s Rustic Ridge #1 mine with the Environmental Hearing Board. The Rustic Ridge deep mine, located in the Indian Creek sub-basin of the Youghiogheny River watershed, spans nearly 3,000 underground acres with a 67 acre surface facility located off of County Line Road in Donegal. The appeal states, among other issues, that the permitted barriers are insufficient to prevent illicit discharges into the watershed and that the DEP did not adequately review this risky proposal....

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Rally to Protect Laurel Highlands Water & Communities

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Coal, Deep Mine, Events, Indian Creek, Posts, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Rally to Protect Laurel Highlands Water & Communities

On December 23, 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a permit to LCT Energy, LP for the proposed Rustic Ridge #1 deep mine in the Indian Creek watershed. The mine’s planned footprint stretches through both Donegal and Saltlick Townships, spanning nearly 3,000 underground acres with a 67-acre surface facility located off County Line Road in Donegal. If built, the mine could lead to additional mine drainage discharges and water pollution and will harm community quality of life and public health throughout...

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Allegheny Energy Center Suggests New Location for Gas Plant

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Allegheny Energy Center, Posts, Shale Gas, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Allegheny Energy Center Suggests New Location for Gas Plant

Allegheny Energy Company’s subsidiary, Invenergy is planning to build a 550 mega-watt gas-fired power plant in Elizabeth Township. Currently, the plant is proposed to be constructed along the Yough near Henderson Road on the Fiore property, a former hazardous waste dump. Allegheny Energy Center recently suggested at a township meeting that a new site may be under consideration. This site, located on the Allegheny/Westmoreland County border across from Sutersville, is also located along the river and adjacent to residential areas as well as...

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DEP Issues Permit for Rustic Ridge Deep Mine Days Before Christmas

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Coal, Deep Mine, Indian Creek, Posts, Water, Yough River | 8 comments

DEP Issues Permit for Rustic Ridge Deep Mine Days Before Christmas

On December 23, 2016, two days before Christmas, The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued a permit for LCT Energy LLC’s Rustic Ridge deep mine in the Indian Creek watershed. This deep mine, located in Saltlick Township, Fayette County, and Donegal Township, Westmoreland County, spans nearly 3,000 underground acres with a 67 acre surface facility located off of County Line Road in Donegal. Areas affected include the villages of Donegal, Jones Mills, Champion, Melcroft and Indian Head. Waterways affected include Champion...

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Support Clean Water with a Year-End Contribution

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Allegheny Energy Center, Coal, Curry, Deep Mine, Indian Creek, Indian Creek Valley Trail, Mariner East, Posts, Shale Gas, Swimmable Waters, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Support Clean Water with a Year-End Contribution

As 2016 comes to a close we are reflecting on an incredibly successful year for our organization and our river community. This success would not have been possible without your generous support. We are grateful for your energy, your creativity and your wisdom. We encourage you to take a look at our 2016 Annual Report to see what we’ve accomplished. You have made the following possible: We secured Exceptional Value status, reserved for Pennsylvania’s cleanest streams, for Stony Run in the Indian Creek watershed as a result of a petition...

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Easement for Dakota Access Pipeline Denied

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Posts | 0 comments

Easement for Dakota Access Pipeline Denied

On Sunday, protestors of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline were given wonderful news. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with input from President Obama, decided not to grant the easement to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, much to the delight and relief of native residents. A spokeswoman for the Army Corps said they will be exploring alternative routes for the pipeline following Sunday’s decision, while also ordering an environmental impact statement with public input and analysis. The decision by the Army Corps to recognize the...

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Ongoing Sedimentation Issues at Deer Lake Pollute Meadow Run

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Posts, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Ongoing Sedimentation Issues at Deer Lake Pollute Meadow Run

For the past year we have been observing increased levels of sedimentation downstream of the construction site on Deer Lake (located on the main stem of Meadow Run). We’ve received numerous complaints from downstream residents, fishermen and paddlers. We have filed nearly a dozen complaints (our most recent written complaint was filed on November 4) with the appropriate authorities at the Fayette County Conservation District and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. It seems the Deer Lake Improvement Project and their...

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