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EcoSaurus Coloring Contest

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Coal, Deep Mine, Events, Indian Creek, Posts, Water, Yough River | 0 comments

EcoSaurus Coloring Contest

The County Line Road EcoSaurus near the entrance of the proposed Rustic Ridge deep coal mine has been stirring up a lot of conversation in our community. Many people have asked to keep the discussion going by building additional dinosaurs nearby the original installation. Before we do that, we’d like your input on what these new dinosaurs should look like! So, Mountain Watershed Association will be hosting an EcoSaur coloring contest for ages 12 and under. We are asking all participants to color their own EcoSaurus and give it a creative name. The winning entries will receive a...

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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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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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Economic Impacts of the Rustic Ridge Deep Mine

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Coal, Deep Mine, Indian Creek, Posts, Yough River | Comments Off on Economic Impacts of the Rustic Ridge Deep Mine

Economic Impacts of the Rustic Ridge Deep Mine

Looking to get away from the city of Greensburg, Jennifer Bertha and her family have had their hopes set on moving to a quiet mountain town. When they found a house for sale on Ruff Lane in Donegal, the family felt they had found the perfect match.  “The house checked off for us across the board. We loved it, and it was move-in ready,” Jennifer noted. That was until their real estate agent informed them that the home was in the footprint of LCT Energy’s Rustic Ridge Deep Mine, with the entrance to the mine just over 1,000 feet away. The seller of a home and their agent are legally required...

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Blowout Spills into the Yough River

Posted by on Aug 4, 2017 in Coal, Deep Mine, Posts, Water, Yough River | Comments Off on Blowout Spills into the Yough River

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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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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