Title

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

Start Date

27-10-2018 1:30 PM

End Date

27-10-2018 2:30 PM

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.

Keywords

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

Type

Presentation

Session

Climate, Conservation, and Restoration

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.