Necessary

Latrobe, PA

#1 Aug 19, 2011
I heard that some residents are being approached by a company wanting to lease for a large deep mine. A coal mining project is supposed to be starting soon - going right under Zajdel's, Marco's and on to Uschak's. The entrance to the mine is planned for near Dixon's trucking on Route 981. This would includes coalbed methane gas wells.

Anybody know of this and what could it mean to our area?
Derry Res

Latrobe, PA

#2 Aug 20, 2011
Necessary wrote:
I heard that some residents are being approached by a company wanting to lease for a large deep mine. A coal mining project is supposed to be starting soon - going right under Zajdel's, Marco's and on to Uschak's. The entrance to the mine is planned for near Dixon's trucking on Route 981. This would includes coalbed methane gas wells.
Anybody know of this and what could it mean to our area?
It means more jobs
Necessary

Latrobe, PA

#3 Aug 26, 2011
What about people with well water. Isn't mining bad for the water?
DAHS Alum

United States

#4 Sep 16, 2011
Believe me, if this rumor is at all true, the people in that area have already come to terms with well issues in relation to potential profits due to the natural gas drilling...apparently, even if a coal company would start the process of opening an actual mine tomorrow it would be about 2.5 years until production would begin. My guess for the company would be Consol...

I say what the hell...Derry Twp has already been taken over by the natural gas industry, so at least with coal the company would have to abide by regulations.
DEP who

Latrobe, PA

#5 Sep 17, 2011
DAHS Alum wrote:
Believe me, if this rumor is at all true, the people in that area have already come to terms with well issues in relation to potential profits due to the natural gas drilling...apparently, even if a coal company would start the process of opening an actual mine tomorrow it would be about 2.5 years until production would begin. My guess for the company would be Consol...
I say what the hell...Derry Twp has already been taken over by the natural gas industry, so at least with coal the company would have to abide by regulations.
What regulations??? The people in Derry Twp. that are closest to the gas drilling (those with problems) have run into brick walls trying to get regulations enforced. There are no air quality regs (leaking gas wells have been reported and DEP does almost nothing)... water issue regs have so many loop holes that the gas companies can get around almost too easily. DEP doesn't respond half the time and the other times they offer little to no answers.
DAHS Alum

Akron, OH

#6 Oct 12, 2011
Exactly, DEP Who, at least with coal there are strict regulations in place unlike with natural gas, which is like the Wild West of the energy industry.

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