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Blowout Spills into the Yough River

Posted by on Aug 4, 2017 in Coal, Deep Mine, Posts, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Blowout Spills into the Yough River

On Saturday, July 15, 2017 the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper (YRK) from the Mountain Watershed Association responded to a call about a mine blowout.  The blowout washed thousands of gallons of contaminated mine discharge into Jims Run (Jims Run flows directly into the Youghiogheny River), destroyed roadway infrastructure, and shut down Rt. 381 for several hours.  The source was located.  Water samples were collected, photos were taken, and pH was measured during the site investigation.  The pH was extremely acidic (pH=3) which is inhabitable by fish and most macroinvertebrates.  This was the...

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Standing in Solidarity Against the Acosta Deep Mine

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Coal, Posts, Water | 2 comments

Standing in Solidarity Against the Acosta Deep Mine

On June 8th, Governor Wolf and the employees, officials, and project partners of Corsa Coal celebrated the “Grand Opening” of the Acosta Deep Mine in Jenners Township, Somerset County – the same coal mine that President Trump touted in his speech announcing his withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord last week. Meanwhile, a group of concerned community members – organized by Mountain Watershed Association, home of the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper – held a rally in opposition to the mine.   The protesters gathered just 600 feet away from the mine pit, overlooking the ceremony,...

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An Opportunity to Help Protect Clean Water!

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Coal, Posts, Water | 0 comments

An Opportunity to Help Protect Clean Water!

On April 13, 2017, SB 624 was introduced to the Pennsylvania Senate. According to the Center for Coalfield Justice (CCJ), “SB 624 attempts to exempt predicted damage to streams from the Clean Streams Law for underground coal mine companies, creating an unconstitutional special rule for them.” This bill would also alter the role the PA Department of Environmental Protection (the Department) plays in protecting streams and waterways: Currently, the Department is obligated to protect a stream’s aquatic life uses and the community’s ability to use and enjoy the stream from predicted harm. SB 624...

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Renewable Energy Is The Real Job Creator

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

Renewable Energy Is The Real Job Creator

Earlier this week, an executive order was signed which pulled back numerous restrictions on fossil fuel extraction previously set in place by the Clean Power Plan. The current administration is claiming an end to the “War on Coal” and promising to bring back jobs for unemployed coal miners. The problem with this proclamation – and larger line of thinking – is that it completely ignores multiple factors pushing against a revival of the coal industry. “Can the coal industry be brought back? The answer is, I’ve suggested to President Trump that he temper his expectations,” said Robert...

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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 of acidic discharges, aluminum contamination, and...

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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 them so they can take action to protect their...

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