Conservation & Reclamation

Robindale Energy & Associated Companies | Conservation & Reclamation

Caring for the Environment

By cleaning up and restoring the land back to approximate original contour (AOC) or landscape, Robindale Energy has helped to reduce the amount of acid mine drainage, thereby cleaning up hundreds of miles of streams and channels. In areas where the land has been restored for a while, streams have become alive again and able to support plant and
fish life.

Committed to Protecting the Environment

There are profound long-term benefits to cleaning up waste coal sites. One of the most common and dangerous impacts of abandoned waste coal sites is the run-off from rainwater. Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) is water that has high levels of acidity and dissolved metals, polluted by underground or surface mining. Underground, water and air react with pyrite, a mineral commonly called “fools’ gold,” found in coal deposits. Through this reaction, sulfuric acid and iron hydroxide are created, forming AMD.

This form of pollution degrades habitat and decreases a stream’s ability to support life. Many streams affected by AMD were considered “dead” just 15 years ago. This pollution causes enormous plant and wildlife destruction, and huge fish kills are not uncommon. Some of this dangerous and unhealthy run-off can make its way into drinking water supplies, destroying their use forever and causing long-term health concerns for nearby residents.

According to the PA Department of Environmental Protection, acid mine drainage was a significant stressor to streams in both EPA and DEP sampling. Pennsylvania DEP sampling suggests that nearly 10% of stream miles are degraded or imperiled. Mine drainage, acidic deposition, and contaminants in fish tissue were associated with 15% of PA stream miles (EPA 2000).

By cleaning up waste coal and restoring the land back to its original slope or landscape, Robindale Energy has helped to reduce the amount of AMD, thereby cleaning up hundreds of miles of streams and channels. In areas where the land has been restored for a while, streams have become alive again and able to support plant and fish life.

Reclaimed Areas

Coal Waste Site Reclaimed Acres County Effected Wasteland Shipped Refuse Tons Returned Ash Tons Comments
Amsbry 33.0 Cambria Clearfield Creek - 2,148 Watershed Reclamation Project
Barnes-Watkins 18.0 Cambria West Branch Susquehanna 953,751 100,000 Watershed Reclamation Project
Blacklick 15.1 Indiana Blacklick Creek 64,319 232,060 GFCC
Cooney-Beaverdale 1&2 17.0 Cambria Little Conemaugh 219,099 1,522 GFCC
Dilltown BAUCC 30.9 Indiana Blacklick Creek - 304,751 Watershed Reclamation Project
Dilltown CMAP 96.3 Indiana Blacklick Creek - 0 CMAP
G+G (GFCC) 7.0 Somerset Stonycreek River 66,390 0 GFCC
Gerney 4.5 Somerset Paint Creek 123,361 0 GFCC
Heilwood #1 27.5 Indiana Yellow Creek 138,319 7,103 GFCC
Heilwood #2 16.0 Indiana Yellow Creek 74,100 1,342 GFCC
K&J 27.0 Cambria Chest Creek 321,824 248,730 Watershed Reclamation Project
Kent 2A 10.0 Indiana Neal Run 37,515 0 Watershed Reclamation Project
Kent 3 7.0 Indiana Reeds Run 72,648 0 Watershed Reclamation Project
Laurel Land Development 43.0 Cambria Blacklick Creek - 362,094 Watershed Reclamation Project
Laurel Run 2 (SGL 276) 5.0 Indiana Laurel Run 15,238 24,825 Watershed Reclamation Project
Luxor 13.6 Westmoreland Crabtree Creek 127,467 0 GFCC
Marmon Fines 3.0 Somerset Quecreek 50,320 91,806 SMP
Mine 20 114.5 Cambria Chest Creek 500,950 0 SMP
Mt. Pleasant 4.9 Westmoreland Jacobs Creek 80,981 0 Watershed Reclamation Project
Penn Pocahontas 23.0 Somerset Buffalo Creek 396,365 130,000 GFCC
Riley Shaft 25.0 Cambria West Branch Susquehanna 25,022 24,050 Watershed Reclamation Project
Sugar Run 1.8 Blair Sugar Run 5,792 0 Watershed Reclamation Project
Tide 39.4 Indiana Blacklick Creek 492,531 560,000 GFCC
Wehrum 4.0 Indiana Blacklick Creek 65,238 59,090 Watershed Reclamation Project
Whitney 42.7 Westmoreland Ninemile Run 188,944 249,934 GFCC