All six of streams suffered loss of flow, Lombardi reports. Consol, which refers to itself on its website as the largest U.S. underground coal producer, has been unsuccessfully trying to repair one stream for five years. In December the DEP sent the company a letter to saying it "has not been restored to conditions that existed prior to undermining," Lombardi reports. They called further remediation attempts futile, and demanded the company compensate "for the loss of Commonwealth resources."
The DEP also sent another notice to Consol about five other streams that had “not recovered from the effects of underground mining,” and “now requires Consol to perform compensatory mitigation or enhancement measures.” Lombardi reports. Consol has appealed the rulings. (Read more)