Mine Cleanup Project Wins Award
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The state Department of Environmental Protection says a coal company won a mine cleanup award for a project it submitted to the National Association of State Land Reclamationists.
The department said Thursday the project by P& N Coal Co. of Punxsutawney has made 32 acres of state hunting lands safer.
It says the project cleaned up nearly three miles of abandoned highwall and 32 acres of abandoned surface mine. It says it also stopped acidic drainage from flowing into a tributary to Sandy Lick Creek by adding lime to backfill material.
The state contributed a $300,000 grant.
Pennsylvania’s mine drainage problem is particularly acute because of the state’s long history of largescale mining, and a topography that allowed mines to be dug in relatively low-lying areas close to the water table.