Environmental Hearing Board Protects Kent Run in Ryerson Station State Park

Today, the Environmental Hearing Board issued CCJ and Sierra Club’s petition for supersedeas to protect Kent Run in Ryerson Station State Park from mining. Read our press statement below:

Community Groups Praise Environmental Hearing Board for Protecting Ryerson Station State Park

The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (EHB) has forbidden Consol Pennsylvania Coal Company (Consol) from mining within 100 feet of Kent Run inside Ryerson Station State Park while it hears an ongoing appeal of the company’s controversial permit to expand its Bailey Mine. In December, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a permit revision that would allow Consol to perform extensive and destructive longwall mining beneath the surface of two streams - Polen Run and Kent Run - portions of which are within Ryerson Station. Consol’s previous permit required “development mining” under the streams, which is a process designed to prevent the land above the mine from subsiding. Before an appeal could even be filed, Consol undermined and damaged a section of Polen Run just outside the park boundary.

The permit revision filed by Consol predicted significant damage, notably subsidence and flow loss, to the streams in the park. Since Consol’s destruction of Duke Lake via mining activity over ten years ago, conservationists argue these two streams are some of the most important remaining water features in the park. The Center for Coalfield Justice (CCJ) and the Sierra Club filed an appeal of the permit in December and asked the EHB to prevent damage to the park while the appeal was being considered.  Attorneys from CCJ and Appalachian Mountain Advocates are representing the groups in this matter. It is unusual for mining activity to be halted during an a permit appeal, but it is also unprecedented that this level of stream damage was permitted by a mine within a State Park.

In response, Patrick Grenter, Executive Director of the Center for Coalfield Justice and Tom Schuster, Senior Campaign Representative for Pennsylvania at the Sierra Club  issued the following statements:

“We are thrilled that the Environmental Hearing Board halted destructive longwall mining underneath Kent Run inside of Ryerson Station State Park,” Grenter said. “Based on the hearing, it was clear Consol was intent on operating without any consideration for Ryerson or the thousands of local residents who use it every year. It is a shame that Governor Wolf forced us to do his job and defend the Commonwealth’s state park, but we are thankful to the hundreds of area residents who contributed to our successful efforts.”  

"Not only has the Environmental Hearing Board protected Kent Run from the destructive practice of longwall mining, it has also preserved a community space for all local residents to enjoy,” Schuster said. “Consol really has no one to blame but itself by assuming they would be allowed to freely mine in the park and illegally destroy the best remaining water sources. If they had followed their original mining plan we wouldn’t have had to file this petition.”

Kent Run in Ryerson Station State Park 

Kent Run in Ryerson Station State Park 

 

 

We Had a Court Hearing on Mining in Ryerson: Here’s What Happened

Chances are if you’re reading this message, you already know that the Center for Coalfield Justice and the Sierra Club have been fighting for Ryerson Station State Park in front of the Environmental Hearing Board for many years now. After with the loss of Duke Lake in 2005, we have taken action time and time again to prevent Consol from destroying Ryerson.

Our latest fight involves the preservation of Kent Run, a stream inside the boundaries of Ryerson. Consol is seeking to mine underneath it, resulting in serious damage that would likely require years of high impact construction and clear-cutting to attempt remediation. Thankfully, in December, the judge hearing our case temporarily required that Consol stop mining at least 500 feet before they reach Kent Run until there was a hearing on our petition for supersedes, which would block Consol from mining under Kent Run until there was a decision on the legal and factual merits of our appeal. If you want some more background on how we reached this point, read here

In order to win our petition, we must prove that we will likely prevail on the factual and legal merits of our appeal and that the harm to our members, the public and the environment, and to Kent Run and its watershed outweighs any harm that Consol might suffer if it cannot longwall mine beneath Kent Run.

The hearing on our petition was held before Judge Beckman on January 10th, 11th and 12th in downtown Pittsburgh. At the hearing, we learned that Consol never planned to stop longwall mining before it reached Polen Run in the 3L panel. We also learned that Consol has done nothing to prepare to stop longwall mining 500 feet short of Kent Run since the EHB’s December 23, 2016 Order.  

This information will be important to remember in the event that we are successful in protecting Kent Run within Ryerson Station State Park. The fact of the matter is that Consol executives have had ample time to prepare for a variety of outcomes, and have done nothing. Rather, they are hurtling towards an uncertain future and choosing to do nothing to protect their employees, or community members. The executives will likely avoid paying a penalty for the risk they assumed, but I would bet we can all guess who they will try to pin it on. If Consol conducted its operations at the Bailey Lower East Expansion in a responsible manner, it could, safely protect and preserve Kent Run within Ryerson Station State Park while avoiding employee layoffs. Instead, Consol executives decided to do nothing, and that decision is theirs alone.

We’re Back in Court to Defend Ryerson

For years, we have been fighting side by side with the Sierra Club against Consol’s plans to illegally mine coal from underneath Ryerson Station State Park. There was a three week trial over the summer about this issue; ultimately deciding whether the state-permitted plan to destroy streams and “rebuild” them later was consistent with the Clean Streams Law in Pennsylvania. We are eagerly awaiting the decision from the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board on that issue.

In the meantime, Consol has been getting closer and closer to Ryerson. In fact, we learned this fall that they were seeking permission from the Governor to mine underneath and inside of Ryerson’s boundaries BEFORE we got a decision from the Environmental Hearing Board as to whether this was even legal. On December 13, we learned that the Wolf Administration approved this illegal plan. Within days, we assembled a team of lawyers and experts and filed for a supersedes, or an injunction, to force Consol to immediately stop mining before they reached Polen and Kent Run.

We were infuriated to learn that DEP had issued the permit in such a way to avoid this very type of legal action; even though we had filed as fast as possible, by the time the Judge conducted his first conference call of the parties, we learned that Polen Run had already been destroyed. Thankfully, the Judge put into place an order that prohibited Consol from mining within 500 feet of Kent Run until after he’d conducted a hearing about the issues.

That hearing is scheduled for next week, from Tuesday through Friday in downtown Pittsburgh. At the hearing, we will present evidence about the damage done to streams by longwall mining, and highlight the many options available to Consol to avoid this damage that they have so far refused to do.

This is a great opportunity for our members to show the Judge that they care about Ryerson Station State Park. Join us, be present, and show your support for a preserved and healthy Ryerson.

The trial starts on Tuesday, January 10, at 9:30 AM at the Environmental Hearing Board’s Pittsburgh Facility, Hearing Room 2014, Piatt Place, 301 5th Avenue. It is scheduled to continue through the 13th. If you want more information on the hearing or ride sharing, please call 724-229-3550 or email Veronica at veronica@coalfieldjustice.org.  

Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh.

 

 

Community Groups File Appeal of Mine Threatening State Park

Greene County, PA--The Sierra Club and Center for Coalfield Justice (CCJ) filed an appeal of a permit issued by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that would allow Consol Pennsylvania Coal Company (Consol) to mine underneath Ryerson Station State Park, damaging the streams that flow through the area. The groups are asking the Environmental Hearing Board (EHB) to halt mining in the park while the appeal is being considered. The appeal comes after the DEP issued a permit to Consol last week allowing the company to perform extensive and destructive longwall mining beneath the surface of two streams - Polen Run and Kent Run - portions of which are within the Park. The permit was issued despite the fact that the application filed by Consol predicts significant damage, notably subsidence and flow loss, to these streams. Since Consol’s destruction of Duke Lake via mining activity nearly ten years ago conservationists argue these two streams are some of the most important remaining water features and fishing spots in the park.

“We’re asking the EHB to halt all mining by Consol within the park until it has a chance to review the permit appeal. By issuing this permit and allowing Consol to utilize longwall mining beneath these streams, DEP is actively allowing a private company to destroy a public park for profit and diminish the very small amount of running water we have left since the company’s previous mining activities resulted in the loss of Duke Lake,” Patrick Grenter, Executive Director of the Center for Coalfield Justice said. “This area in Greene County is a state-designated environmental justice area and Ryerson is the only state park in Pennsylvania easily accessible to this community. With the lake gone and now the near-certainty of damaging these streams, what recreational opportunities will this community have? We hope the Board will step up where the DEP and Governor Wolf have failed and stop the destruction of this public property.”

The activity authorized by this new permit is predicted to result in flow loss that would prevent aquatic life, like fish, salamanders, frogs, and macroinvertebrates (such as mayflies, dragonflies, and other insects that live in streams) from surviving in the streams. Thousands of fish have died from mining at this Consol complex in the past and thousands of future memories and experiences have been stolen from visitors of Ryerson Station State Park.

“The Wolf Administration’s decision to issue this permit runs counter to its obligations under Pennsylvania’s Constitution, which promises all of us, as well as future generations, the right to pure water, clean air and the preservation of the environment,” Joanne Kilgour, Director of the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter said. “It is unconscionable that the only state park in a state-designated environmental justice community is being sacrificed for the temporary benefit of this one company. The state has allowed mining to begin as we contest the permit and already there has been subsidence-induced flow loss in Polen Run, which flows through Ryerson Station State Park. To date, we have lost hundreds of stream miles as a result of this mining and many more have been permanently degraded.”

In April, the Center for Coalfield Justice and Sierra Club appealed another permit issued to Consol for mining activity that would result in reduced or eliminated flow in streams just outside the park, arguing that the mining activity will violate the Clean Streams Law and that the permit runs counter to DEP’s own coal mining regulations.

“Yet again, our state government has caved to pressure from Consol and failed to protect an environmental justice community from the company’s reckless operations,” Veronica Coptis, Deputy Director of Center for Coalfield Justice and resident of Greene County. “The Governor has placed the burden of defending the community’s only state park on the residents.”   

 

Case Update on our Fight for Ryerson Station State Park

Starting in 2014, we partnered with the Sierra Club to bring an appeal to a permit that authorized longwall coal mining that predicted severe stream impacts in and around Ryerson Station State Park in Greene County. At the heart of the appeal is whether Consol’s right to longwall mine trumps the protections set forth in the Clean Streams Law, the Department’s mining regulations, and Article 1, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution.

This matter finally went to trial this past August, before the Honorable Steven C. Beckman of the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (EHB). We presented nearly four days of evidence showing the flow loss and change of use in the streams due to Consol’s longwall mining. During examination of DEP and Consol witnesses, we learned that those parties agreed with us that when a stream suffers mining-induced flow loss, pooling or is dewatered during mitigation activities to repair subsidence damage, fish cannot survive and recreational uses of that stream are lost. We believe that this is illegal. 

On October 21, 2016, CCJ and Sierra Club filed their post-hearing brief. Consol and the Department must file their post-hearing response briefs by November 21, 2016. We then have the opportunity to reply to the arguments made by Consol and the Department in their respective response briefs. The deadline to file our reply brief is December 6, 2016.

We hope to receive a decision from the Environmental Hearing Board by the end of 2016 or in early January 2017.

We could not do this work without the continued support of our members and supporters. Unfortunately, this fight is far from over. Consol is again seeking permission from the DEP to undermine the portions of Polen Run and Kent Run that flow within Ryerson Station State Park. Please help us continue our work to protect these streams by donating today. Your contribution gives us the funding we need to protect Ryerson Station State Park and the surrounding area for fish, wildlife, and people alike.

Statement from CCJ

These days, and the electoral process in general, have proven distressing and turbulent for many people in our community. The Center for Coalfield Justice is a safe place for all. If you feel unsafe, anxious, or in need of support, please come visit us at our office. We will continue our fight for justice in the coalfields, and we will do it together. 

Recent Bulletin Updates

Below, find updates on coal and gas activity from the recent issues of the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Call our office at 724-229-3550 if you see anything of concern. 

PA BULLETIN NOTICES

Saturday, August 27, 2016

 

 

COAL MINING ACTIVITY PERMITS RECEIVED

 

California District Office: 25 Technology Drive, Coal Center, PA 15423, 724-769-1100.

30081601 and NPDES No. PA0235792. Coresco, LLC, (103 Corporate Drive, Suite 102, Morgantown, WV 26501). To renew the permit for the Overland Conveyor in Dunkard Township, Greene County and related NPDES permit. No additional discharges. The application was considered administratively complete on August 9, 2016. Application received February 1, 2016.

30841317 and NPDES No. PA0213527. Consol Pennsylvania Coal Company LLC, (1000 Consol Energy Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317). To revise the permit for the Enlow Fork Mine in Richhill Township, Greene County and related NPDES permit to revise 246 currently permitted underground acreage and subsidence control plan area for longwall mining. No additional discharges. The application was considered administratively complete on August 12, 2016. Application received March 1, 2016.

 

COAL PERMITS ISSUED

 

California District Office: 25 Technology Drive, Coal Center, PA 15423, 724-769-1100.

30841317 and NPDES No. PA0213527. Consol Pennsylvania Coal Company LLC, (1000 Consol Energy Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317). To revise the permit for the Enlow Fork Mine in East Finley and South Franklin Townships, Washington County, Richhill Township, Greene County and related NPDES permit to revise currently permitted underground and subsidence control acres to longwall mining. No additional discharges. The application was considered administratively complete on May 20, 2016. Application received February 23, 2016. Permit issued August 5, 2016.

 

63831302 and NPDES No. PA0213608. The Washington County Coal Company (formerly Eighty-Four Mining Company), (46226 National Road, St. Clairsville, OH 43950). To renew the permit for the Washington County Mine (formerly Mine No. 84) in Somerset, South Strabane, Amwell, North Bethlehem and West Bethlehem Townships, Washington County. No additional discharges. The application was considered administratively complete on January 15, 2013. Application received April 5, 2012. Permit issued August 10, 2016.

 

 

 

PA BULLETIN NOTICES

Saturday, August 20, 2016

 

COAL APPLICATIONS RECEVIED

 

California District Office: 25 Technology Drive, Coal Center, PA 15423, 724-769-1100

30031301 and NPDES No. PA0235610. Dana Mining Company of PA, LLC, (103 Corporate Drive, Suite 102, Morgantown, WV 26501). To revise the NPDES permit for the 4-West Mine in Dunkard, Monongahela, Perry and Whiteley Townships, Greene County to add Outfall 007. Receiving Stream: Monongahela River, classified for the following use: WWF, N. The application was considered administratively complete on August 2, 2016. Application received June 8, 2016.

 

COAL NPDES DRAFT PERMITS

 

California District Office: 25 Technology Drive, Coal Center, PA 15423, 724-769-1100.

NPDES No. PA0235610 (Mining Permit No. 30031301), Dana Mining Company of PA, LLC, (103 Corporate Drive, Suite 102, Morgantown, WV 26501). A renewal to the NPDES and mining activity permit for the 4-West Mine in Dunkard, Whiteley, Perry and Monongahela Townships, Greene County. Surface Acres Affected 78.0. Receiving stream: Dunkard Creek, classified for the following use: WWF. Dunkard Creek TMDL. Receiving stream: UNT to Meadow Run, classified for the following use: WWF. Dunkard Creek TMDL. Receiving stream: UNT to Glade Run, classified for the following use: WWF. Dunkard Creek TMDL. Receiving stream: Watkins Run, classified for the following use: WWF. Dunkard Creek TMDL. The application was considered administratively complete on July 29, 2016. Application received October 24, 2014.

 Unless otherwise noted for a specific outfall, the proposed effluent limits for all outfalls in this permit are the BAT limits described above for coal mining activities.

 The facility location of the non-discharge alternatives are listed below:

Outfall 002 discharges to: Dunkard Creek

 The proposed effluent limits for Outfall 002 (Lat: 39° 45` 21" Long: -80° 3` 56") are:

 

 

 

30-Day

Daily

Instant.

Parameter

 

Minimum

Average

Maximum

Maximum

Flow

(mgd)

-

Report

2.0

-

pH

(S.U.)

6.0

-

 9.0

Max

-

Iron

(mg/l)

-

1.5

3.0

3.75

Manganese

(mg/l)

-

1.0

2.0

2.5

Aluminum

(mg/l)

-

0.75

0.75

-

Total Suspended Solids

(mg/l)

-

35.0

70.0

90.0

Sulfate

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Osmotic Pressure

(mos/kg)

-

50.0

100.0

-

Bromide

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Chloride

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Total Dissolved Solids

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Alkalinity, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Acidity, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Alkalinity Net, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

0.0

-

-

-

 The permittee is authorized to discharge during the period from Permit Effective Date through 36 Months After Permit Effective Date.

Outfall 001 discharges to: Dunkard Creek

 The proposed effluent limits for Outfall 001 (Lat: 39° 45` 21" Long: -80° 0` 35") are:

 

 

 

30-Day

Daily

Instant.

Parameter

 

Minimum

Average

Maximum

Maximum

Flow

(mgd)

-

Report

Report

-

pH

(S.U.)

6.0

-

 9.0

Max

-

Iron

(mg/l)

-

3.0

6.0

7.5

Manganese

(mg/l)

-

2.0

4.0

5.0

Aluminum

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Total Suspended Solids

(mg/l)

-

35.0

70.0

90.0

Sulfate

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Osmotic Pressure

(mos/kg)

-

Report

Report

-

Chloride

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Total Dissolved Solids

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Alkalinity, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Acidity, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Alkalinity Net, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

0.0

-

-

-

 The permittee is authorized to discharge during the period from 37 Months After Permit Effective Date through Permit Expiration Date.

Outfall 001 discharges to: Dunkard Creek

 The proposed effluent limits for Outfall 001 (Lat: 39° 45` 21" Long: -80° 0` 35") are:

 

 

 

30-Day

Daily

Instant.

Parameter

 

Minimum

Average

Maximum

Maximum

Flow

(mgd)

-

Report

Report

-

pH

(S.U.)

6.0

-

 9.0

Max

-

Iron

(mg/l)

-

3.0

6.0

7.5

Manganese

(mg/l)

-

2.0

4.0

5.0

Aluminum

(mg/l)

-

0.75

0.75

-

Total Suspended Solids

(mg/l)

-

35.0

70.0

90.0

Sulfate

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Osmotic Pressure

(mos/kg)

-

Report

Report

-

Chloride

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Total Dissolved Solids

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Alkalinity, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Acidity, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Alkalinity Net, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

0.0

-

-

-

Outfall 003 discharges to: Dunkard Creek

 The proposed effluent limits for Outfall 003 (Lat: 39° 45` 39" Long: -80° 1` 30") are:

 

 

 

30-Day

Daily

Instant.

Parameter

 

Minimum

Average

Maximum

Maximum

Flow

(mgd)

-

Report

Report

-

pH

(S.U.)

6.0

-

 9.0

Max

-

Iron

(mg/l)

-

3.0

6.0

7.5

Manganese

(mg/l)

-

2.0

4.0

5.0

Aluminum

(mg/l)

-

0.84

1.67

-

Total Suspended Solids

(mg/l)

-

35.0

70.0

90.0

Sulfate

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Osmotic Pressure

(mos/kg)

-

Report

Report

-

Chloride

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Total Dissolved Solids

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Alkalinity, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Acidity, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Alkalinity Net, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

0.0

-

-

-

 The permittee is authorized to discharge during the period from Permit Effective Date through 36 Months After Permit Effective Date.

Outfall 004 discharges to: Dunkard Creek

 The proposed effluent limits for Outfall 004 (Lat: 39° 45` 15" Long: -80° 2` 48") are:

 

 

 

30-Day

Daily

Instant.

Parameter

 

Minimum

Average

Maximum

Maximum

Flow

(mgd)

-

Report

Report

-

pH

(S.U.)

6.0

-

 9.0

Max

-

Iron

(mg/l)

-

3.0

6.0

7.5

Manganese(d)

(mg/l)

-

2.0

4.0

5.0

Aluminum

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Total Suspended Solids(d)

(mg/l)

-

35.0

70.0

90.0

Sulfate

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Osmotic Pressure

(mos/kg)

-

Report

Report

-

Chloride

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Total Dissolved Solids

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Alkalinity, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Acidity, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Alkalinity Net, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

0.0

-

-

-

 The permittee is authorized to discharge during the period from 36 Months After Permit Effective Date through Permit Expiration Date.

Outfall 004 discharges to: Dunkard Creek

 The proposed effluent limits for Outfall 004 (Lat: 39° 45` 15" Long: -80° 2` 48") are:

 

 

 

30-Day

Daily

Instant.

Parameter

 

Minimum

Average

Maximum

Maximum

Flow

(mgd)

-

Report

Report

-

pH

(S.U.)

6.0

-

 9.0

Max

-

Iron

(mg/l)

-

1.5

3.0

3.75

Manganese(d)

(mg/l)

-

2.0

4.0

5.0

Aluminum

(mg/l)

-

0.75

0.75

-

Total Suspended Solids(d)

(mg/l)

-

35.0

70.0

90.0

Sulfate

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Osmotic Pressure

(mos/kg)

-

Report

Report

-

Chloride

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Total Dissolved Solids

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Alkalinity, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Acidity, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Alkalinity Net, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

0.0

-

-

-

Outfall 005 discharges to: Dunkard Creek

 The proposed effluent limits for Outfall 005 (Lat: 39° 45` 15" Long: -80° 2` 48") are:

 

 

 

30-Day

Daily

Instant.

Parameter

 

Minimum

Average

Maximum

Maximum

Flow

(mgd)

-

Report

Report

-

pH

(S.U.)

6.0

-

 9.0

Max

-

Iron

(mg/l)

-

3.0

6.0

7.0

Manganese(d)

(mg/l)

-

2.0

4.0

5.0

Aluminum

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Total Suspended Solids(d)

(mg/l)

-

35.0

70.0

90.0

Sulfate

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Osmotic Pressure

(mos/kg)

-

131

262

328

Chloride

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Total Dissolved Solids

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Alkalinity, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Acidity, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Alkalinity Net, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

0.0

-

-

-

 The EPA Waiver is not in effect.

NPDES No. PA0235610 (Mining Permit No. 30031301), Dana Mining Company of PA, LLC, (103 Corporate Drive, Suite 102, Morgantown, WV 26501). A revision to the NPDES and mining activity permit for the 4-West Mine in Dunkard, Monongahela, Perry, and Whiteley Townships, Greene County to add Outfall 007. Receiving stream: Monongahela River, classified for the following uses: WWF, N. Monongahela River TMDL. The application was considered administratively complete on August 2, 2016. Application received June 8, 2016.

 Unless otherwise noted for a specific outfall, the proposed effluent limits for all outfalls in this permit are the BAT limits described above for coal mining activities.

 The facility location of the non-discharge alternatives are listed below:

Outfall 007 discharges to: Monongahela River

 The proposed effluent limits for Outfall 007 (Lat: 39° 46` 16" Long: -79° 56` 02") are:

 

 

 

30-Day

Daily

Instant.

Parameter

 

Minimum

Average

Maximum

Maximum

Flow

(mgd)

-

Report

2.0

-

pH

(S.U.)

6.0

-

 9.0

Max

-

Iron

(mg/l)

-

3.0

6.0

7.0

Manganese

(mg/l)

-

2.0

4.0

5.0

Aluminum

(mg/l)

-

0.75

0.75

-

Total Suspended Solids

(mg/l)

-

35.0

70.0

90.0

Sulfate

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Osmotic Pressure

(mos/kg)

-

Report

Report

-

Bromide

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Chloride

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Total Dissolved Solids

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Alkalinity, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Acidity, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

-

Report

Report

-

Alkalinity Net, total (as CaCO3)

(mg/l)

0.0

-

-

-

 The EPA Waiver is not in effect.

 

 

COAL PERMITS ISSUED

 

 

California District Office: 25 Technology Drive, Coal Center, PA 15423, 724-769-1100.

30841312 and NPDES No. PA0013790. The Monongalia County Coal Company, (46226 National Road, Saint Clairsville, OH 43950). To transfer the permit for the Monongalia County Mine in Wayne, Jackson and Gilmore Townships, Greene County and related NPDES permit from Consolidation Coal Company, Blacksville Mine No. 2 to the Monongalia County Coal Company, Monongalia County Mine. No additional discharges. The application was considered administratively complete on January 8, 2016. Application received August 7, 2015. Permit issued July 29, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

PA BULLETIN NOTICES

Saturday, August 13, 2016

 

Coal Applications Received

California District Office: 25 Technology Drive, Coal Center, PA 15423, 724-769-1100.

30841316 and NPDES No. PA0213535. Consol Pennsylvania Coal Company LLC, (1000 Consol Energy Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317). To revise the permit for the Bailey Mine & Prep Plant in Richhill Township, Greene County and related NPDES permit for installation of a degas borehole. Surface Acres Proposed 2.9. No additional discharges. The application was considered administratively complete on July 27, 2016. Application received March 4, 2016.

11841301 and NPDES No. PA0001317. ArcelorMittal Pristine Resources, LLC, (PO Box 36, 129 Bethlehem Road, Revloc, PA 15948). To renew the permit for the Cambria Slope Mine No. 33 in Cambria, Allegheny, Munster, Portage, Summerhill and Croyle Townships, Cambria County and related NPDES permit for water treatment and reclamation. No additional discharges. The application was considered administratively complete on July 26, 2016. Application received February 7, 2014.

30841317 and NPDES No. PA0213527. Consol Pennsylvania Coal Company LLC, (1000 Consol Energy Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317). To revise the permit for the Enlow Fork Mine in Richhill Township, Greene County and Morris Township, Washington County and related NPDES permit for construction of the 8 North 1 Portal Site, a sewage treatment plant, six boreholes and 1 NPDES Outfall. Surface Acres Proposed 83.1. Receiving Stream: Unnamed Tributary to Ten Mile Creek, classified for the following use: TSF. The application was considered administratively complete on July 26, 2016. Application received March 11, 2016.

30031301 and NPDES No. PA0235610. Dana Mining Company of PA, LLC, (308 Dents Run Road, Morgantown, WV 26501). To renew the permit for the 4-West Mine in Dunkard, Perry and Whiteley Townships, Greene County and related NPDES permit. No additional discharges. The application was considered administratively complete on July 29, 2016. Application received October 24, 2014.

30841316 and NPDES No. PA0213535. Consol Pennsylvania Coal Company LLC, (1000 Consol Energy Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317). To revise the permit for the Bailey Mine & Prep Plant in Richhill Township, Greene County and related NPDES permit for full extraction mining under Polen and Kent Run in Panels 3L through 5L and perform stream restoration/remediation. No additional discharges. The application was considered administratively complete on July 29, 2016. Application received February 23, 2016.

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

 

California District Office: 25 Technology Drive, Coal Center, PA 15423, 724-769-1100.

 

Notice is hereby given that the Department of Environmental Protection, District Mining Operations, 25 Technology Drive, Coal Center, PA 15423, has received a request for a public hearing on the draft NPDES Permit for the Consol Pennsylvania Coal Company, LLC, 1000 Consol Energy Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317, revision to the NPDES permit (NPDES No. PA0092894—Mining Permit No. 30810703) published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, Volume 46, No. 24 on June 11, 2016. The revision is for one (1) NPDES outfall located in Richhill Township, Greene County.

 The draft NPDES permit lists the following NPDES outfall:

 Outfall 101-Lat: 39° 58` 35.7" Long: 80° 22` 45.9"—UNT to Booth Run.

The Department will hold a public hearing on the revised draft NPDES permit application at the Morris Township Community Center, Nineveh, PA on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. The nature of the public hearing is to solicit concerns and comments regarding the revised draft NPDES permit for the Bailey Coal Refuse Disposal Areas No. 1 and No. 2, for the CRDA No. 7 & No. 8 support area to construct a sediment pond and Outfall 101. The public hearing will be held in accordance with 25 Pa.Code § 92a.83.

 The public hearing is being held at the request of Center for Coalfield Justice, to state their concerns about the issuance of the NPDES permit and associated documentation that the Department utilizes to make a determination for effluent limits, effects on the receiving stream and infringement of Pennsylvanian's environmental rights.

 A Department representative will be available to receive both written and oral testimony regarding the draft NPDES permit. Testimony will be placed into public record for the draft NPDES permit and considered by Department staff in the review process. A court stenographer will be present to document the expressed concerns.

 If you are a person with a disability wishing to attend this public hearing and require an auxiliary aid, service or other accommodation to participate in the proceedings, please contact Bonnie Herbert at 724.769.1100 to discuss how we may accommodate your needs. If necessary, you may use the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service by calling 1.800.654.5984 (TDD Users) or 1.800.654.5988 (Voice users) and request that your call be relayed to Bonnie Herbert at 724.769.1100.

 Copies of the draft NPDES permit are on file for public review, by appointment, at the Department of Environmental Protection, District Mining Operations, 25 Technology Drive, California Technology Park, Coal Center, PA 15423, Phone: 724.769.1100.

 

 

 

PA BULLETIN NOTICES

Saturday, August 6, 2016

 

 

Coal Applications Received

 

California District Office: 25 Technology Drive, Coal Center, PA 15423, 724-769-1100

56841328 and NPDES No. PA0033677. Rosebud Mining Company, (301 Market Street, Kittanning, PA 16201). To revise the permit for the Mine 78 in Paint Township, Somerset County, Adams and Croyle Townships, Cambria County and related NPDES permit for addition of a sludge disposal borehole and associated pipelines at the St. Michael Treatment Plant. Surface Acres Proposed 7.3. No additional discharges. The application was considered administratively complete on July 19, 2016. Application received August 21, 2015.

30121301 and NPDES No. PA0236195. Consol Pennsylvania Coal Company LLC, (1000 Consol Energy Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317). To revise the permit for the Harvey Mine in Richhill and Morris Townships, Greene County and related NPDES permit to revise 2,380 underground and subsidence control acres from development to longwall mining. No additional discharges. The application was considered administratively complete on July 18, 2016. Application received November 10, 2016.

30121301 and NPDES No. PA0236195. Consol Pennsylvania Coal Company LLC, (1000 Consol Energy Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317). To revise the permit for the Harvey Mine in Richhill, Morris and Washington Townships, Greene County and related NPDES permit to revise 2325 underground and subsidence control boundary from development only to longwall mining. No additional discharges. The application was considered administratively complete on July 21, 2016. Application received March 14, 2016.

 

 

Coal Permits Issued

California District Office: 25 Technology Drive, Coal Center, PA 15423, 724-769-1100.

30950701 and NPDES No. PA0215619. The Monongalia County Coal Company, (46226 National Road, Saint Clairsville, OH 43950). To transfer the permit for the Hughes Hollow Slurry Impoundment in Wayne and Gilmore Townships, Greene County and related NPDES permit to transfer from Consolidation Coal Company to The Monongalia County Coal Company. No discharges. The application was considered administratively complete on December 30, 2015. Application received August 7, 2015. Permit issued July 18, 2016.

 

PA Bulletin Notices

Saturday, September 10, 2016

 

AIR QUALITY

General Plan Approval and Operating Permit Usage Authorized under the Air Pollution Control Act (35 P.S. §§ 4001—4015) and 25 Pa.Code Chapter 127 to construct, modify, reactivate or operate air contamination sources and associated air cleaning devices.

 

Southwest Region: Air Quality Program, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4745.

Contact: Edward Orris, P.E., Environmental Engineer Manager—Telephone: 412-442-4161.

GP5-30-00228A: CONE Midstream Partners, LP (1000 Consol Energy Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317) on August 25, 2016, to allow the construction and operation of the proposed sources which include one (1) Caterpillar compressor rated at 2,370 bhp controlled by an oxidation catalyst, two (2) dehy units each rated at 200 MMscfd and associated reboilers each rated at 2.86 MMBtus/hr controlled by enclosed flares each rated at 6.0 MMBtus/hr; one (1) emergency blow down flare rated at 150 MMBtus/hr; one (1) Cummins emergency generator rated at 755 bhp, and to allow the continued operation of the previously installed four (4) Caterpillar engines each rated at 2,370 bhp controlled by oxidation catalysts and four (4) storage tanks of various capacities at their existing Hopewell Compressor Station located in Center Township, Greene County.

 

EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL

Southwest Region: Waterways & Wetlands Program Manager, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4745.

ESCGP-2 No.

Applicant Name &

Address

County

Municipality

Receiving Water/Use

ESG0012415001-2

Range Resources—

Appalachia, LLC

3000 Town Center Blvd.

Canonsburg, PA 15317

Washington County

North Strabane Township

Little Chartiers Creek (HQ-WWF)

and Chartiers Creek (WWF)

ESG0012516001-1

EQM Gathering OPCO, LLC

625 Liberty Avenue

Suite 1700

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Washington County

Amwell Township,

North Bethlehem Township,

Somerset Township and

South Strabane Township

Pigeon Creek (WWF);

Little Chartiers Creek (HQ-WWF);

Redd Run (WWF);

Shipe Run (WWF);

Little Tenmile Creek (TSF)

 

PA Bulletin Notices

 [46 Pa.B. 5779]

[Saturday, September 3, 2016]

 

Coal and Non-Coal Mining Activity Applications

 

Coal Applications Received

California District Office: 25 Technology Drive, Coal Center, PA 15423, 724-769-1100.

30841601. Consol Mining Company LLC, (CNX Center, 1000 Consol Energy Drive, Canonsburg, PA 15317). To renew the permit for the Robena Preparation Plant in Monongahela Township, Greene County. No discharges. The application was considered administratively complete on August 16, 2016. Application received March 4, 2016.

 

0743705 and NPDES No. PA0214752. Dana Mining Company of PA, LLC, (103 Corporate Drive, Suite 102, Morgantown, WV 26501). To renew the permit for the Mundell Hollow Refuse Disposal Area in Dunkard Township, Greene County and related NPDES permit. No additional discharges. The application was considered administratively complete on August 17, 2016. Application received April 25, 2016.

 

Actions on Coal and Non-Coal Mining Activity Applications

 

Coal Permits Issued

 

California District Office: 25 Technology Drive, Coal Center, PA 15423, 724-769-1100.

30101302 and NPDES No. PA0236047. Dana Mining Company of Pennsylvania, LLC, (308 Dents Run Road, Morgantown, WV 26501). To operate the Garards Fort Mine in Greene and Dunkard Townships, Greene County a new underground mine and related NPDES permit. Surface Acres Proposed 35.9, Underground Acres Proposed 1,383.5, Subsidence Control Plan Acres Proposed 1,383.5. In conjunction with this approval, the Department is granting 401 Water Quality Certification certifying that the approved activities will comply with the applicable provisions of sections 301—303, 306 and 307 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C.A. § 1341) and will not violate applicable Federal and State water quality standards. Receiving Stream: Whiteley Creek, classified for the following uses: WWF. The application was considered administratively complete on May 24, 2011. Application received July 28, 2010. Permit issued August 15, 2016.

 

New Stanton District Office: 131 Broadview Road, New Stanton, PA 15672, 724-925-5500.

30960101 and NPDES Permit No. PA0201626. C J & L Coal (P.O. Box 133, Jefferson, PA 15344). Permit renewal issued for reclamation only to an existing bituminous surface mine, located in Morgan Township, Greene County, affecting 136 acres. Receiving stream: unnamed tributary to South Fork of Ten Mile Creek. Application received: July 7, 2016. Renewal permit issued: August 18, 2016.

 

New Stanton District Office: 131 Broadview Road, New Stanton, PA 15672, 724-925-5500.

63090601 and NPDES Permit No. PA0251712. Mon River Aggregates, LLC (P.O. Box 435, Millsboro, PA 15348). Transfer permit from Author J. Boyle issued to an existing large noncoal surface mine, located in East Bethlehem Township, Washington County, affecting 50.3 acres. Receiving streams: unnamed tributaries to Ten Mile Creek and Ten Mile Creek. Application received: October 29, 2014. Permit issued: August 22, 2016.

 

Erosion and Sediment Control

 

Southwest Region: Waterways & Wetlands Program Manager, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4745.

ESCGP-2 No.

Applicant Name &

Address

County

Municipality

Receiving

Water/Use

 

ESG0012415001-2

Range Resources—

Appalachia, LLC

3000 Town Center Blvd.

Canonsburg, PA 15317

Washington County

North Strabane Township

Little Chartiers Creek (HQ-WWF)

and Chartiers Creek (WWF)

ESG0012516001-1

EQM Gathering OPCO, LLC

625 Liberty Avenue

Suite 1700

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Washington County

Amwell Township,

North Bethlehem Township,

Somerset Township, and

South Strabane Township

Pigeon Creek (WWF);

Little Chartiers Creek (HQ-WWF);

Redd Run (WWF);

Shipe Run (WWF);

Little Tenmile Creek (TSF)

 

 

 

Availability of the Fiscal-Year Report for the Draft Reclamation Fee O & M Trust Account

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) announces the availability of a draft Fiscal-Year Report (report) for the Reclamation Fee O & M Trust Account. This account was established to provide the money for the operation and maintenance of mine drainage treatment facilities at mine sites with post mining discharges at ABS Legacy Sites as defined in 25 Pa. Code § 86.1 (relating to definitions). This report is required by 25 Pa. Code § 86.17 (relating to permit and reclamation fees). The report contains a financial analysis of the revenue and expenditures from the account for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 and provides projections for Fiscal Year 2016-2017. The report and any comments provided will be reviewed with the Mining and Reclamation Advisory Board at the meeting scheduled for October 20, 2016. The draft report can be viewed on the Department's web site at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment.

 The Department must receive all comments on or by Monday, October 3, 2016. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's online eComment system at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment. Written comments can be submitted by e-mail to ecomment@pa.gov or by mail to the Policy Office, Department of Environmental Protection, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063.

 

Today is the Day We Start our Trial to Protect Streams.

Dear Supporters, 

As we begin our long-awaited trial before the Environmental Hearing Board, I’d like to take a moment to say thank you. Thank you to all of our members who have attended DRYerson Festivals for the past ten years. Thank you to all those who have donated your precious time and resources to support our organization’s fight for environmental justice. Thank you to all those who have shared our message with family, friends, neighbors and colleagues. We could not do this work without you, and for that, I thank you.

You may know that the Center for Coalfield Justice and Sierra Club are opposing an illegal mining permit issued to Consol Energy. CCJ has been preparing for this moment since 2007, when our staff first requested a public hearing on this proposal. Since that time, board and staff members have come and gone. We’ve had successes and failures. But our eye has been on this fight, the fight for the streams in and around Ryerson Station State Park. This is our line in the sand.

We understand that the odds are stacked against us. We are taking on one of the most powerful coal companies in the world and their corporate lawyers. We are also forced to oppose the very state agency tasked with protecting our environment for present and future Pennsylvania residents. However, it would be a mistake to underestimate us. Our fight for justice is strong and it is right. In time, we will prevail. That fight begins anew today.

Thank you,
Patrick Grenter
Executive Director

Join Our Team! We're Hiring an Office Administrator.

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR JOB DESCRIPTION

Perform administrative tasks including:

  • Assist Executive Director with coordinating of and reporting at Board of Directors meetings, including preparation of Director packets and other mailings.
  • Assist ED with preparing and tracking budgets for operating and restricted funding.
  • Distribute informational and fundraising mailings and acknowledgements as directed by ED.
  • Assist with new employee orientations, federal and state paperwork, and other payroll/orientation forms.
  • Manage deposits and bills.
  • Update and maintain office equipment and supplies as needed.

Perform membership coordination and outreach tasks including:

  • Maintain/develop membership database and help supervise volunteer and member activities.
  • Produce meeting notes and action rosters for meetings where necessary.

Manage organizational communications, assisted by all staff, including:

  • Provide information for quarterly newsletter and e-newsletters.
  • Field calls from coalfield residents to provide information and resources as needed.
  • Assist with design and update of organizational brochures and publications.

Provide Administrative, Board and Director support, including:

  • Implementation of strategic plan.
  • General board development and support.
  • Assist organization with special fundraising events.
  • Assist ED with grant reporting as necessary.
  • Track in-kind, volunteer and Board activities/hours for grant reports.

 Working for Justice for Coalfield Citizens

Our approach for working with area residents values their knowledge about the land, waterways, and communities. We provide community members with detailed information about proposed projects and potential impacts so they can make informed decisions on individual or collective actions. Our recognition of local expertise is grounded in the belief that people who live with the daily impacts of fossil fuel extraction should be treated with the utmost respect. Our work is informed and directed by how local people think these industries should be held accountable for impacts. By blending organizing and legal work, we seek to create an expanded set of options for achieving justice than might be produced by following solely a legal or organizing approach.

CCJ is an equal opportunity employer. Competitive pay and benefits packages are offered. 

If you are interested in applying for the position, please send a cover letter, resume and three references to patrick@coalfieldjustice.org, with Office Administrator Job in the subject line. Applicant should be proficient in QuickBooks and have good writing skills. Call or email with any other questions.

Our Mission

To improve policy and regulations for the oversight of fossil fuel extraction and use; to educate, empower and organize coalfield citizens; and to protect public and environmental health.

Join the Clean Energy March Revolution July 24th

CCJ member, Keith Fullerton is attending the Clean Energy March on July 24th in Philadelphia and explains what it means to participate in these large national gatherings below:

I’ve always felt separated. In my “hometown” of Aleppo Township, Greene County, there aren’t many opportunities for a young environmentalist, such as myself, to express themselves and get support from other like-minded folks. I moved to Waynesburg at 19, and although I knew I was geographically closer to others like me, I didn’t know how or where to find them. Thus, I continued to feel that I was the only one in the entire county who cared about mining or fracking.

Just when I thought there was no point in dwelling on the issues any longer, I found out more people had a concern for the environment right here than I thought. They are all wonderful people. I discovered a rich, vibrant inter-faith community in Morgantown with a deep concern for the Earth. I met other young adults who are equally as worried about their own future. I met wise men and women who have been fighting for environmental justice for decades.

I had very little demonstrating or protesting experience when September 21, 2014 rolled around, but when I was offered a seat on a bus from Morgantown to New York City to take part in the People’s Climate March, I knew I had to be there. The West Virginia Mountain Party sponsored the bus, so that is who I marched with. It probably sounds silly, but it was truly one of the most exhilarating moments of my life.

The number of people in the streets still amazes me. Hundreds of thousands of people carrying banners and signs, dancing, chanting, singing, holding hands, and taking pictures. Huge floats and giant paper mâché sculptures loomed overhead. You could feel the vibration of all that passion and determination moving through the masses of people. We were there to show the world that we were serious about climate change and the need to stop all the harmful industrial practices that contribute to it. Some estimates claim that as many as 400,000 people ended up walking through downtown that day! Plus, all over the world people held their own events to mark the occasion. If I felt separated from the world before, I most certainly did not then.

This is why I would like to encourage you to attend the March for a Clean Energy Revolution in Philadelphia on Sunday, July 24, 2016. If you feel like you want to have a deeper connection to the movement, but don’t have a lot of free time to serve on boards or committees, try being part of a large demonstration like this march. The more of us that attend, the bigger the impact and message we send to our political leaders. Let’s fill the streets of Philadelphia and let our voices be heard.  

Join other CCJ members and supporters at the Clean Energy March on July 24, 2016 in Philadelphia. There are seats available on busses leaving from Washington, Waynesburg and Morgantown.

Leaves Washington at 3:55 AM at Park n Ride on East Beau St

Leaves Waynesburg at 4:30 AM at Big Lots Parking Lot

Leaves Morgantown at 5:00 AM at WVU Coliseum

Busses will return at the same locations between 12:00 AM and 1:00 AM

Please reserve your seat on one of the busses here: bit.ly/WashGreeneMoTownMCERBus  or by calling the CCJ office.