Friday, October 16, 2009

DEP asks EPA to revoke license

By Bob Niedbala, Staff writer,
Oct. 14, 2009

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has asked the federal Environmental Protection Agency to revoke CNX Gas Co.'s permit to operate a coal bed methane brine disposal well at the closed Blacksville No. 1 Mine's Morris Run Shaft.

In an Oct. 5 letter to EPA, DEP said it suspects water from parent company Consol Energy's closed Blacksville No. 1 may be seeping into Blacksville No. 2 Mine. Activities at Blacksville No. 1 may have contributed to the fish kill on Dunkard Creek, DEP said.

Samples from water discharged into Dunkard Creek from the active Blacksville No. 2 Mine show the mine water is the "primary immediate source" of the recent fish kill in the creek, DEP said in its letter.

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