Thursday, October 22, 2015

DEP To Host Public Meeting Nov. 5 On Jeanesville Mine Fire, Luzerne County

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public information session November 5 to update residents on the Jeanesville Mine Fire in Luzerne County.
Representatives from the Department’s mining program will be on hand to discuss the work completed to date, the planned work to address the fire, and to answer questions from the community.
The session will start at 6:00 p.m. at the Tresckow Volunteer Fire Company, 26 East Oak St., Tresckow, PA 18254.
“The Department and has drilled 51 boreholes to assess the extent of the fire and formulate a plan to begin extinguishing the blaze,” said DEP Deputy Secretary for Active and Abandoned Mine Operations Richard Morrison. “Now we want to update the public on what they can expect as we move into the next phase in fighting this fire.”
The fire is currently burning on abandoned mine land and on an actively mined site off of Main Street in Jeanesville.
The property is owned by Pagnotti Enterprises of Wilkes-Barre. Hazleton Shaft Corporation, currently leasing the portion of the property that is actively being mined, has been extinguishing the fire within the permitted area as the mining progresses.
The fire is located in Banks Township, Carbon County, and Hazle Township, Luzerne County.
Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact Colleen Connolly or make accommodations through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at 800-654-5984 (TDD).

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