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Tell the PA Senate: Protect Our Streams from Longwall Mining!

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Coal mining giant Consol has been illegally destroying streams in Southwestern Pennsylvania with its longwall mining practices for years, now they're trying to make it legal to destroy our streams with their mining.

Now, on the eve of a major court decision on our appeal of its mining permits, the company is worried it might lose. Its response? Just change the law to make it legal for them to destroy streams as long as they promise to try to restore them later. We cannot let this happen.

Currently, the Clean Streams Law requires companies to do everything possible to avoid predicted pollution and other stream damage in the first place.  This bill would make it legal for longwall mines to predict and cause total flow loss in streams, killing all aquatic life and eliminating recreational uses. The "restoration" process is not always successful, and is itself a highly destructive construction project that eliminates stream uses and habitat.

Tell your Senator to oppose SB 624, a bill that would make it easier for longwall mining companies to pollute our streams with their mining.

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Oppose SB 624, protect our streams from mining
I urge you to oppose SB 624, which would create a special exemption to the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law and allow destruction of public natural resources for private profit by longwall mining companies. Currently, the law requires that mining companies avoid causing predicted damage to streams that would impair their designated uses, such as fishing. This bill would expressly allow companies to cause that damage, provided they have a plan for repairing the stream later. However, stream restoration is itself a very destructive process that eliminates stream uses and habitat. It takes years for streams to recover and some never recover. Even more troubling is that the change to the law would apply retroactively, which is meant to specifically shield Consol from an ongoing permit appeal. This is the legal equivalent of moving the goalposts after the ball has been kicked, and it could specifically jeopardize streams within Ryerson Station State Park, the only state park in Greene County. No other industry could get away with causing predicted damage and pollution in violation of the law just because they promise to clean up their mess afterwards. That type of special exemption is a threat to our system of checks and balances. Please stand up and protect our public natural resources!