Enjoy, Explore, and Protect the Planet Sierra Club Allegheny Group, Pennsylvania Chapter

Coal Campaign Long-Wall Mining

Consol’s Longwall Mining Appeal Challenged.

The consequences of mountain top removal are easy for all to see, but the impacts of another coal mining method, longwall mining, are not so obvious. Sometimes a dam collapses, as at Ryerson Station State Park, but more often streams and homes are affected and without stronger laws, there is seldom any remedy. In 2004 a stream went dry on the Jones’ farm above the same Consol Energy’s Bailey Mine that caused the collapse of the Ryerson dam. The DEP decided that Consol’s efforts at remediation of six neighboring streams in Greene County were inadequate, but Consol appealed that decision in January, 2013. Last week the Citizens’ Coal Council intervened in that appeal, on the side of DEP.

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