Title

Saving the anthracite industry in the 1950s - The Conowingo Tunnel and anthracite mine flood-control projects

Item Type

Presentation

Location

Elaine Langone, Gallery Theater

Session

Climate, Conservation, and Restoration

Start Date

27-10-2018 1:30 PM

End Date

27-10-2018 2:30 PM

Keywords

Pennsylvania, anthracite industry, anthracite industry, anthracite mine, mine drainage, water management, abandoned mines

Description

A Historical Perspective on a “Solution” to the Anthracite Mine-water Problem. In the 1940s, mine-water pumping was recognized as a major factor in the economic condition of the Pennsylvania Anthracite industry. USBM engineers conducted an extensive study of the problem, leading to the recommendation of a fantastic plan to drive a 137-mile tunnel to drain most of the anthracite mines to the Susquehanna Estuary. The (1954) $400-million scheme was not executed, but rather a $17-million Federal-State “interim solution” was initiated. This review of the engineering study, discussion of some of the mine-water conditions we now observe, and examination of the interim project may suggest some potential solutions to alleviate today’s anthracite region minewater problems.

Language

eng

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Saving the anthracite industry in the 1950s - The Conowingo Tunnel and anthracite mine flood-control projects

Elaine Langone, Gallery Theater

A Historical Perspective on a “Solution” to the Anthracite Mine-water Problem. In the 1940s, mine-water pumping was recognized as a major factor in the economic condition of the Pennsylvania Anthracite industry. USBM engineers conducted an extensive study of the problem, leading to the recommendation of a fantastic plan to drive a 137-mile tunnel to drain most of the anthracite mines to the Susquehanna Estuary. The (1954) $400-million scheme was not executed, but rather a $17-million Federal-State “interim solution” was initiated. This review of the engineering study, discussion of some of the mine-water conditions we now observe, and examination of the interim project may suggest some potential solutions to alleviate today’s anthracite region minewater problems.