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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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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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MWA Appeals Rustic Ridge Deep Mine Permit

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Coal, Deep Mine, Indian Creek, Posts, Water, Yough River | 4 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. Permitting activity that would cause harm to the...

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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 our region. Join the effort to stop this dangerous...

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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 Creek, Indian Creek and the Youghiogheny River. The...

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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 we submitted to the Department of Environmental...

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