Ligonier coal company honored for mining reclamation

October 5, 2018 GMT

Ligonier-based Coal Loaders has received the Pennsylvania Coal Alliance award for Best Overall Reclamation of a mining site to environmentally sound conditions in 2017.

The company was recognized for its work at the Troy site in Unity Township. Remining of the site backfilled more than 3,000 feet of an abandoned highwall and reclaimed more than 34 acres.

Coal Loaders’ reclamation of the Lynn Mine in Fairfield Township additionally was recognized.

Amerikohl Mining of Butler and Wilson Creek Energy, a subsidiary of Corsa Coal of Friedens, received awards for outstanding achievement in reclamation.

Amerikohl was honored for completing projects that addressed more than 210 acres of unreclaimed land and provided forested land, pasture land and natural habitat. The reclaimed sites include the Smith Mine in Armstrong County, the Stuckell Mine in Indiana County, the Raybuck II Mine in Clarion County and the Chrobak Mine in Washington County.

Wilson Creek was lauded for its reclamation efforts at the Ash Mine in Somerset County.

The sites were chosen in cooperation with the state Department of Environmental Protection, evaluating such factors as pre-mining condition, reclamation quality, degree of difficulty and correction of environmental and safety hazards.

“Pennsylvania continues to be a leader in reclamation efforts, and PCA member companies have the expertise needed to address environmental impacts of the past and a strong long-term commitment to environmental stewardship,” PCA Executive Director Rachel Gleason said in a press release.