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Positive Results Seen In Indian Creek

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Coal, Deep Mine, Indian Creek, Indian Creek Valley Trail, Posts, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Positive Results Seen In Indian Creek

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s “2016 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring Report.” This report is a snapshot of the waterbodies within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and evaluates if streams, rivers, and lakes are achieving federal water quality standards to protect and provide clean water for aquatic life, water supply, fish consumption, and recreational uses. The Good News?- The majority of the Indian Creek watershed is attaining its designated use, including the entire mainstem of Indian Creek! This includes the...

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Important Rustic Ridge Deep Mine Update

Posted by on Jan 26, 2018 in Coal, Deep Mine, Events, Indian Creek, Posts, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

Important Rustic Ridge Deep Mine Update

As MWA has discussed before multiple times, we have been fighting the Rustic Ridge mine for various reasons – the effect on property values, traffic, air pollution, aesthetic beauty of our community, etc. However, in front of the Environmental Hearing Board, our case primarily rested on the effect the mine has on our watershed. In particular, we had two strong points in our case: 1) The barrier between the old Melcroft mine and Rustic Ridge was insufficient, and a breach could lead to devastating discharges in our watershed and 2) The discharges into Champion Creek would overwhelm the...

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Rustic Ridge Blasting Update

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018 in Coal, Deep Mine, Indian Creek, Posts, Water, Yough River | Comments Off on Rustic Ridge Blasting Update

Rustic Ridge Blasting Update

On December 21, 2017, CME Engineering sent out a Notice of Pre-Blast Survey on behalf of LCT Energy for the Rustic Ridge Deep Mine. The notice indicated that LCT Energy intends to begin blasting to open up the portal for the deep mine on January 22nd. However, according to the DEP Blasting Inspector, LCT Energy has not submitted the necessary materials for their blasting permit, which is required before any blasting takes place. The Blasting Inspector stated that these materials often take at least a month to review. As a result, it is highly unlikely that blasting will take place this month...

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EcoSaurus Coloring Contest

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Coal, Deep Mine, Events, Indian Creek, Posts, Water, Yough River | Comments Off on EcoSaurus Coloring Contest

EcoSaurus Coloring Contest

UPDATE:  Thank you to everyone who participated in our EcoSaurus Coloring Contest. We were impressed by the creativity and originality of each entry we received! We are excited to announce the winner of the contest – Ella Horst, age 9, and her EcoSaurus “Stephanie”. The volunteer committee who chose the winning entry noted that the blue, distinctive linework on the dinosaur reminded them of the waterways that we all work to protect on a daily basis. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History has kindly donated four day-passes for the winner of the coloring contest. We have also recreated...

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Make a Year End Contribution to Ensure a Successful 2018

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in Allegheny Energy Center, Bomb Trains, Coal, Curry, Deep Mine, Energy Conservation Series, Events, Indian Creek, Indian Creek Valley Trail, Mariner East, Posts, Shale Gas, Swimmable Waters, Water, Water Matters Series, Yough River | Comments Off on Make a Year End Contribution to Ensure a Successful 2018

Make a Year End Contribution to Ensure a Successful 2018

As 2017 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. Your past investments 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 we submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection. This designation will result in more safeguards for this beautiful...

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There’s a Dinosaur in Donegal

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Coal, Deep Mine, Indian Creek, Posts, Water | Comments Off on There’s a Dinosaur in Donegal

There’s a Dinosaur in Donegal

Within view of the entrance of LCT Energy’s Rustic Ridge Deep Mine in Donegal and Saltlick Townships, passersby now see a brightly colored stegosaurus veering out of the treeline. With messaging that reads “Our Water, Our Mountain” and “Stop the Coal Mine”, the dinosaur installation takes a stand against the deep mine and its potential impacts. Designed and constructed by community members who live within or near the footprint of the deep coal mine, the dinosaur provides a way to creatively engage with others and draw attention to the mine. “I wanted to make a dinosaur to demand attention to...

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