LCT Energy has proposed an underground mine in the Donegal and Saltlick Township areas in the Indian Creek watershed. The permit for this mine was issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on December 23, 2016. We have serious concerns about this proposal given the history of abandoned mine drainage in our area and in this particular coal seam. The history of deep mining in the Indian Creek watershed, and much of the Yough as well, is one of acidic discharges, aluminum contamination, and loss of pristine headwater streams. The Indian Creek watershed is approximately 125 square miles and contains over 130 known discharges from abandoned coal mines. These discharges have resulted in contamination of surface water, wells and springs for decades, and Indian Creek, which flows into the Youghiogheny River above Connellsville, has for years had a negative effect on water quality in the Yough. Given the success of our existing restoration activities and the tendency for mining in this watershed to produce discharges, a new deep mine is a huge risk for our area.
You Have Rights
Please be aware that without your permission, LCT has no right to access your property or your water supply. We recommend having your water tested by an independent DEP certified laboratory in addition to the testing conducted by the mining company. Contact us for more information on water testing or to review a copy of the application. Below is a map of the mining area with some local landmarks highlighted. The green solid outline is the proposed deep mining area. Click on the map to enlarge.
We will continue to advocate for the protection of our watershed. The issuance of this permit is not the end of the fight. Our battle has just begun. Please help to support this fight by making a contribution to our Deep Mine Defense Fund. Donate online here.