Friday, July 24, 2015

DCNR: Greene County Lake Dam Damaged By Deep Coal Mining Won’t Be Rebuilt

The Washington Observer-Reporter and Tribune Review Friday reported DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn announced the agency would not rebuild the Duke Lake dam in Ryerson Station State Park, Greene County, due to concerns about additional settling of an area above an underground coal mine that damaged the original dam.
In 2013, a mediated settlement between the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Consol Energy, which owned the Bailey coal mine which damaged the Duke Lake dam in 2005, resulted in Consol agreeing to pay $36 million to replace the dam, add 506 acres to the park and agreed not to drill on the park lands for natural gas and other commitments.
Secretary Dunn said DCNR will change the focus of its efforts, along with a task force helping the agency, to find other amenities that could be added to Ryerson with the $36 million in funding provided by Consol.
(Photo: Washington Observer-Reporter.)
DCNR Will Not Rebuild Lake Dam At Ryerson Station State Park

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