Meeting on mining set for South Franklin

March 29, 2013

A letter about a potential mining endeavor in South Franklin Township has sparked a community meeting for next week.

The Center for Coalfield Justice has scheduled the information session for 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the South Franklin Community Building, 100 Municipal Road.

Veronica Coptis, community organizer for the center, said the session is in response to a letter some township residents have received from Consol Energy Inc. pertaining to possible future mining. She said she did not know any details, but that the letter precedes any pretesting and presurveying a company would do before applying for permits.

Lynn Seay, director of media relations for Consol, did not return phone calls.

The center, a watchdog organization based in downtown Washington, deals with environmental issues related to fossil fuel extraction. Coal is one of its major focuses.

Attorneys and staff of the organization will be at the meeting to address concerns and list precautions that residents may take to protect their land and water from subsidence damage resulting from longwall mining.

“People can learn more about longwall mining and steps you can take to better protect yourself,” Coptis said.

The session is open to anyone. Coptis said another meeting will be scheduled in Buffalo Township in April, but a date has not been determined.

For more information, contact Coptis at or 724-229-3550.

Rick Shrum joined the Observer-Reporter as a reporter in 2012, after serving as a section editor, sports reporter and copy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Rick has won seven individual writing awards, including two Golden Quills.

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