Category Archives: anthracite coal

Fracking’s footprint transforming Pa. landscape

It already is and, thus, the headline is present tense, not future. What a debacle. In the old anthracite coal field region where I live (before moving to the Green Mountain State this summer), the extractive industries have left behind a sad landscape of stripping pits, streams polluted with acid mine drainage, fragmented and blasted-away wildlife habitat, etc. etc. Now comes the natural gas extractive industry.

In an op-ed, McConnell, fellow senator blast away at the EPA

These guys must think they’re following in the footsteps of the great humorist and newspaper columnist Lewis Grizzard. How else to explain this hilarious op-ed. What a crew.

A legacy of society’s addiction to coal

This is the Jeddo Mine Tunnel, dug a century ago to dewater deep underground mine shafts in the middle anthracite region of northeastern Pennsylvania. This is the same region of the Keystone State which chambers of commerce and related bidness interests have taken to calling “upstate” Pennsylvania. The Jeddo drains about 35 square miles of anthracite coal shafts in the Hazleton area and discharges an average of 40,000 gallons a minute of acid mine drainage (AMD) into the Nescopeck Creek watershed, a tributary of the Susquehanna River, the largest single source of freshwater for Chesapeake Bay. This is just one of many such AMD sources in “upstate” Pennsylvania. AMD, of course, is lethal to aquatic life.00077_s_9aeahn4pv0077