Evaluating the potential for acid mine drainage remediation through remining in the Tangascootack Creek watershed, Clinton County Pennsylvania in the Tangascootack Creek watershed, Clinton County Pennsylvania
Organization: Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration
Jan 1, 2002
Pennsylvania has 4,000 km (2,500 miles) of streams that do not meet water-quality standards due to acid mine drainage (AMD), making AMD the greatest cause of water pollution in the state. The problem is mainly caused by abandoned coal mines. To abate AMD, Pennsylvania is using a watershed-based approach that includes remining as a key component of a comprehensive restoration strategy. The Tangascootack Creek Water-shed was targeted for AMD restoration through remining. Geologic mapping and overburden data were analyzed using Earth Vision software to identify areas of coal reserves that could be remined to improve water quality. Incentives are offered to encourage mining in these designated areas.