Work is progressing on the Camp Run AMD remediation project. I visited the site on Friday, April 13, 2018.
A NOTE OF CAUTION!!!
IF TRAVELLING TO THE SITE BE VERY AWARE OF THE TRUCKS AND EQUIPMENT MOVING IN AND OUT.
If at all possible stay off Cole Run Road! The road is in bad shape from the lime trucks moving up and down the road. And Cole Run Road is not a road you want to meet a tri-axel on, and if you meet one you will probably meet three or four others. Also remember that this is an active mine site. Do not drive where it looks like you can. Equipment operators may not be aware you are near their equipment. This equipment cannot and will not stop on a dime. Stay back from the edges of highwalls, lowwalls and spoil piles. The material is loose and can slide.
There is more coal refuse on the site than I expected to see. I am confident that this is the fix necessary. Once the alkaline material is mixed into the old mine spoil it will remediate the AMDpermanently. On the day I visited they had two loaders and a dozer working. Two more dozers were in some state of repair.
Other equipment was sitting idle.
The permanent reclamation of the site is the best chance for the recovery of Camp Run, Rock Run and Cooks Run. No or very little maintenance should be required once the site is completed.
This morning as I returned to my desk I found the following article on the Pittsburgh Trib Live site. http://triblive.com/local/valleynewsdispatch/13482057-74/kiski-conemaugh-controls-on-mine-runoff-failing
It is a warning to those who think that passive treatment is the be-all ; end-all for dealing with AMD. Passive systems need maintenance. People need to be paid for that maintenance. The bills are starting to come due on some of the early passive systems. It is possible for the great strides made in AMD remediation to begin to backslide.
If all goes well and the site is completed and reclaimed I may be talking about trout in Camp Run and Rock Run and fishing again on the lower end of Cooks Run in the not too distant future. Let’s keep a good thought.