Public hearing set for longwall mining in Washington County

  • Reid Frazier
Coal being prepared for use in electric generation. Photo: Reid R. Frazier

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The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing on a revised permit to conduct longwall mining at a Washington County mine.

The hearing concerns the Tunnel Ridge underground coal mine in Donegal and West Finley townships, and will take place on Tuesday, April 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Donegal Township Municipal Building, 34 N. Liberty Street, West Alexander, Pa.

Tunnel Ridge, LLC is applying to revise its permit in a 1,200-acre segment of the mine from development mining to a more intensive process, longwall mining.

DEP staff will be on hand to take written and oral testimony, and to answer questions about the permit.

Those with special needs who wish to participate can contact Bonnie Herbert at 724-769-1100.

The application is on file for public review at the Washington County Recorder of Deeds Office, 100 West Beau Street, Room 2014, Washington, Pa.