WVa Mine May Not Be Reason For Fish Dying

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Morgantown, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia environmental officials now say a nearby coal mine may not be the only reason fish are dying in Dunkard Creek.

Department of Environmental Protection officials say more dead fish have been found in the creek, but more than a mile upstream from Consol Energy's Blacksville no. 2 mine.

DEP spokeswoman Kathy Cosco says the mining operation could still be a contributing factor to the pollution that may be killing fish.

Residents have reported seeing hundreds of dead fish and other wildlife along a 20-mile stretch of Dunkard Creek in West Virginia and Pennsylvania since Sept. 3.

The DEP and Consol are both investigating.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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