Local Mine Targeted for Clean-up Effort

A Lawrence County mine is among 150 abandoned coal mine reclamation projects targeted under a $55.6 million statewide clean-up effort, according to Senator Elder Vogel.

Castlewood West, an abandoned surface mine in Shenango Township, Lawrence County, is on the list of projects recently unveiled by the state Department of Environmental Protection. The local work will focus on eliminating a dangerous highwall at the site.

“Pennsylvania has invested millions of dollars over the past few years to reclaim and clean-up abandoned mine sites across the Commonwealth. I am pleased to see that this Lawrence County project is included in the current round of funding,” Senator Vogel said. “That’s a major investment in protecting the environment — especially the waterways around those old mines.”

Funding for the reclamation projects comes from the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 2018 Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Grant Fund, and is supported by the active mining industry via a fee on coal mining operations across the country.  


Josh Konecheck

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