W.Va. May Let Consol Discharge Into Dunkard Creek

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Morgantown, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection may soon let consol energy resume pumping mine water into Dunkard Creek, a practice that stopped after a September fish kill.

Pittsburgh-based Consol says water in the Blacksville No. 2 mine is approaching critical levels, and it's worried about the safety of underground miners.

The Environmental Protection Agency says golden algae killed tens of thousands of fish, mussels and other aquatic life in nearly the entire 43-mile length of Dunkard Creek along the Pennsylvania-West Virginia.

It also says pollution, likely from treated mine water, helped the algae flourish.

But DEP spokeswoman Kathy Cosco says the algae typically doesn't bloom when the water is cold, so there's time to find a solution.

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


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