Donegal Township supervisors request DEP seminar on proposed mine
Donegal Township supervisors have requested that state Department of Environmental Protection officials speak locally regarding a proposed underground mine project, according to township Solicitor Les Mlakar.
An application detailing the operation proposed by Johnstown-based LCT Energy LP, which is known as Rustic Ridge No. 1, is currently under review by the state agency.
“I recommended that the board send a letter to the DEP making that request,” said Mlakar at Monday's monthly board meeting.
The targeted area for the proposed project is just west of State Route 31 and north of State Route 711 in portions of the township, Donegal Borough and Saltlick.
The letter, which was mailed July 23 to Joel Koricich of the DEPs California District Mining Office in Coal Center, states that supervisors want the DEP to hold the seminar “as a service to ... residents who may be affected be the proposed mine.”
The request specifically calls for the state agency “to conduct an informational seminar in the form of a public meeting in our area ... to present the rights and obligations of property owners, the mining company and the DEP.”
The board is still awaiting a response from Koricich to the request, said Tom Stull, the board's chairman.
No decisions have been made regarding the proposed project, and no permits have been granted.
The area of the proposed mine covers approximately 3,900 acres. Records indicate 601 property owners will be affected.
In May, members of the Melcroft-based Mountain Watershed Association held a public meeting to discuss concerns related to the proposed project.
“The township has asked for this meeting so all of its citizens can have the opportunity to learn more about this proposal,” Mlakar said.
In other business, supervisors said the Ridge Road project is nearly complete.
“We just need to finish up the berms, and we've been working on them between the rains,” Stull said. “The paving is finished.”
The board also announced that the township's Fall Dumpster Days will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26 and 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 27.
Supervisors also urged caution around school buses and along streets after the school year begins Aug. 26.
The board's next meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Sept. 8.
A.J. Panian is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-547-5722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.