Monday, May 22, 2017

Senate Committee OKs Bill To Retroactively Change Protection For Streams Affected By Coal Mining

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Monday approved controversial legislation to retroactively change the protection streams receive under Act 54 from underground coal mining-- Senate Bill 624 (Scarnati-R-Jefferson)-- in a party-line vote with all Republicans supporting the bill.
The bill was introduced to influence an appeal now pending before the Environmental Hearing Board of an underground coal mining permit allowing Consol to longwall mine under streams in and around Ryerson Station State Park in Greene County.  (EHB Docket No. 2014-072-B)
Groups like the PA Environmental Council have opposed the bill on the grounds recent studies by the Department of Environmental Protection have demonstrated the existing protections in Act 54 are not adequate to prevent permanent, long-term damage to streams.  Click Here for more.
The other bill on the Committee agenda was reported out unanimously-- Senate Bill 649 (Yudichak-D-Luzerne).  It would fill a significant funding gap in DEP’s Underground Storage Tank Program. Click Here for more.
Both bills go to the Senate Floor for further action.
Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) serves as Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Committee and can be contacted by sending email to:   Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) serves as Minority Chair and can be contacted by sending email to:
Observer-Reporter: Consol Agrees Not To Mine Near Kent Run, Ryerson Station State Park

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