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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 [...]

Consol halts mining while waiting for new stream plan response

A month after a panel of judges said Consol Energy’s mining plan would “essentially destroy” a Western Pennsylvania stream, the company has sent in a new plan. But it’s halted its longwall mining operations in the area and laid off workers while waiting for the state to decide on the proposal. Consol says 303 miners [...]

Environmental groups score legal win in longwall mining case

Two Pennsylvania environmental groups scored a legal victory in an ongoing challenge to the expansion of the Bailey Mine Complex, the largest underground coal mine in the U.S. The state Environmental Hearing Board (EHB) sided with the Center for Coalfield Justice and the Pennsylvania chapter of the Sierra Club Tuesday, overturning a permit revision granted [...]

Senate advances controversial coal mining bill

The state senate has advanced a bill that could upend an ongoing legal challenge by two environmental groups seeking to restrict coal mining beneath a western Pennsylvania state park. With the backing of senate GOP leadership, SB 624 was approved by a committee Monday in an 8-4 party line vote. The measure takes aim at a pending court [...]

Bill targets legal challenge to coal mining in state park

A new proposal by state senate Republican leaders takes aim at an ongoing legal challenge to coal mining in a western Pennsylvania state park. The case, brought three years ago by the Center for Coalfield Justice and Pennsylvania Sierra Club, challenges the legality of Consol Energy’s 3,000-acre Bailey Mine extension. The groups say it would damage [...]

Mining permit in state park halted by judge

A judge has ordered a halt to mining underneath a state park in Greene County. Environmental Hearing Board judge Steven C. Beckman issued the order Tuesday, regarding a Consol Energy plan to expand its Bailey mine complex beneath Ryerson Station State Park. Environmental groups had argued the plan would have damaged a high-quality stream in the park. [...]

StateImpact Pennsylvania’s most read stories of 2016

A look back at the stories that got the most clicks in 2016. See you next year! 10. Construction begins on the Sunbury pipeline  In August UGI Energy Services broke ground on the Sunbury Pipeline, which is expected be in service in early 2017. It begins in Lycoming County and runs 35 miles to feed gas [...]

Judge blocks mining near stream in Greene County state park

Pennsylvania’s Environmental Hearing Board has temporarily blocked coal mining near a trout stream in Greene County’s Ryerson Station State Park after two environmental groups challenged the permit. The order, issued Friday by Judge Steven Beckman, prohibits Consol Energy from longwall mining within 500 feet of the park’s Kent Run stream, until the board can rule [...]

Consol Energy gives up naming rights to Pittsburgh arena

Consol has given up the naming rights to the Consol Energy Center– home to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the announcement came this morning during a Penguins press conference. Financial terms were not disclosed. PPG Paints has bought the naming rights and the venue will now be called the PPG Paints arena. Consol’s [...]

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