Anthracite, commonly known as hard coal, has been commercially mined and prepared in the Northeast Region of Pennsylvania for more than 150 years. Most Anthracite reserves are found in the five counties of Schuylkill, Carbon, Northumberland, Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties. The Anthracite coal fields extend 50 miles east and west and 100 miles north and south covering approximately 484 square miles. Current estimates show 4 to 6 billion tons of reserves of Anthracite left in the region.

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Bond Rate Guideline (BRG) Changes and New Grading Categories

2.5.2020

After nearly a year of discussion and consideration, the DEP Bureau of Mining Programs has agreed to changes with regard to how it calculates surface coal mining bond rates. Currently, the Department bases it bond rate calculations on the...

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Pennsylvania Anthracite: Lessons from the Recent Past – Expectations for the Next Decade

2.5.2020

Pennsylvania Anthracite: Lessons from the Recent Past – Expectations for the Next Decade that is the topic of the 2020 Spring meeting of the Pennsylvania Anthracite. Our speaker will be J. Greg Driscoll, Chairman of Blaschak Coal Corp. ...

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Manganese Proposal Raises Questions and Concerns

2.5.2020

While the first alternate point of compliance proposed by the Bureau of Water Quality does comply with the letter of Act 40 of 2017, it totally ignores the intent of the legislature by adding manganese to the table of Human...

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DEP Bureau of Water Quality Pushing Regulation to Reclassify Manganese as a Toxin

2.5.2020

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Water Quality is proposing a new rule which could require a much higher standard for the treatment of Manganese at mine discharge sties. The change is being implemented as a result of...

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