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Public hearing set for longwall mining in Washington County

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

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 [...]

Groups oppose another coal mining permit in Greene County state park

A trail in Ryerson Station State Park, managed by the DCNR whose leasing of state lands for oil and gas development is at issue in a new court challenge by an environmental group.

Environmental groups have once again appealed a state permit allowing Consol to mine beneath a stream inside a state park in Greene County, saying that the plan could cause “significant damage” to the waterway. They are asking a state judge to issue a temporary halt to the mining plan while the case is heard. The [...]

Listen: Why another PA coal mine is closing

Austin Turner, 19, of Gladesville, W. Va. is one of 370 miners getting laid off at the 4 West Mine in Mt. Morris, Pa.

Another coal mine in Pennsylvania is closing, despite the efforts of pro-coal President Donald Trump. Though Trump has slashed environmental regulations, market forces are hurting coal’s chance for a revival. The closure of the 4 West Mine in Greene County will cost 370 miners jobs, as StateImpact Pennsylvania recently reported. Hear about the impact the [...]

At Greene County coal mine, dwindling production means 370 lost jobs

Austin Turner, 19, of Gladesville, W. Va. is one of 370 miners getting laid off at the 4 West Mine in Mt. Morris, Pa.

Austin Turner was headed back home to West Virginia on a recent afternoon from his job at the 4 West Mine in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania. It was going to be one of his last shifts there, as the mine would be shutting down soon. At 19, he’d only been there eight months — but he [...]

Coal company, watershed group reach settlement over new mine


A proposed coal mine is moving forward in southwestern Pennsylvania after its operator reached a settlement with an environmental group. The Mountain Watershed Association raised concerns that LCT Energy’s Rustic Ridge mining operation could contaminate the Indian Creek Watershed. The parties reached a settlement this week after the watershed group had appealed the mine’s permits [...]

Settlement: No longwall mining beneath state park stream in Greene County

Polen Run in Ryerson Station State Park, Greene County. Photo: Reid R. Frazier

Consol Energy has agreed not to conduct longwall mining beneath a section of a southwestern Pennsylvania stream, as part of a settlement it reached with environmental groups. In addition, the company discontinued an appeal of a court decision that blocked it from mining beneath another nearby stream with longwall mining, a method of coal removal [...]

Settlement requires coal plants to get permits with tighter pollution controls

PPL's Brunner Island  coal-fired plant located on the west bank of Susquehanna River.

In a settlement with environmental groups, the Pennsylvania Department of Environment agreed to require coal-fired power plants to obtain water pollution permits with tighter controls on toxic releases into rivers and streams that provide drinking water to millions of people. The settlement, filed in Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, pertains to 10 coal-fired power plants around the [...]

Listen: Public radio show deals with coal’s uncertain future

The Homer City power plant in Indiana County, Pa. Photo: Reid R. Frazier

The public radio show Truth, Politics and Power took on the tenuous future of coal and coal miners in a recent episode, King Coal. Host Neil Conan spoke with StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Reid Frazier about support President Donald Trump has garnered from coal miners and mining communities in Pennsylvania.

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