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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