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2008 Mine Subsidence Articles
Drifton home damaged by subsidence razed (posted 11/5/08)
(The Standard-Speaker) -- A work crew with an excavating machine on Tuesday leveled one of two Drifton homes damaged in April when an old mine tunnel opened beneath the foundations.
Mine subsidence damages Rostraver homes (posted 10/7/08)
(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) -- The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating reports of mine subsidence that has affected at least three homes in Rostraver, Westmoreland County.
Rostraver couple driven from home (posted 10/6/08)
(The Valley Independent) -- ROSTRAVER TOWNSHIP - Jules Massey Sr. stood next to a foot-wide crack in the foundation of his Lee Drive home this morning concerned his house could soon slide down a steep hillside a few feet from his back porch.
Mine subsidence insurance rates to decrease (posted 9/21/08)
(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) -- Pennsylvania's chronically underused Mine Subsidence Insurance Program will lower its premiums Jan. 1, which could induce more of the 1 million property owners whose land lies above the mines to buy coverage.
Families moving on following subsidence (posted 8/20/08)
(The Standard-Speaker) -- One family displaced by a mine collapse in Drifton purchased a new home while another family hired contractors to repair a house that they’ve been unable to occupy for four months.
Examination continues at site of Drifton mine subsidence (posted 5/28/08)
(The Standard-Speaker) -- Contractors will bid to make repairs to broken ground beneath a house damaged by a mine cave-in at Drifton Estates.
Downtown Freeland also sits above old mine operations (posted 5/18/08)
(The Standard-Speaker) -- The lot on which the Freeland Business and Development Authority is planning to construct a new borough building is atop a mine, as is much of what is now downtown Freeland.
What lies below (posted 5/18/08)
(The Standard-Speaker) -- The name of Mine Street should serve as a reminder to people in downtown Hazleton.
After month, Rt. 940 opens (posted 5/16/08)
(The Standard-Speaker) -- State Route 940 reopened in Drifton at 3 p.m. Thursday after being closed for more than a month by a mine subsidence.
Her morale sinking (posted 5/6/08)
(Times Leader) -- WILKES-BARRE – Bonnie Lukachinsky can’t wait to get her new property assessed value.
Mine void to keep Rt. 940 closed for six more weeks (posted 4/22/08)
(The Standard-Speaker) -- A mine void extending to the middle of State Route 940
will keep the highway closed for four to six weeks in Drifton,
a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Subsidence ‘a terrible situation’ (posted 4/19/08)
(The Standard-Speaker) -- Emergency work to fill a mine subsidence made Joseph O’Day’s backyard look like a patio under construction, but he said he didn’t want to return to his house in Drifton after more of his foundation fell apart on Friday.
Route 940 remains closed (posted 4/17/08)
(WNEP) -- Route 940 in lower Luzerne County will remain closed until further notice.
Engineers OK more fill for Drifton subsidence (posted 4/16/08)
(The Standard-Speaker) -- Federal engineers on Tuesday widened a menu of materials available for filling a mine subsidence in Drifton Estates, where holes keep growing around two damaged homes.
Rethinking mine insurance (posted 4/16/08)
(WNEP) -- Work continued Wednesday to stabilize a mine subsidence in Luzerne County. The collapse has people in the area rethinking mine subsidence insurance.
Residents looking to protect property from more cave-ins (posted 4/15/08)
(The Standard-Speaker) -- A group of residents of Drifton Estates on Monday gathered on a front lawn down the street from where a mine cave-in damaged the homes of two of their neighbors last week.
Contractor begins pumping cement into mine holes (posted 4/15/08)
(The Standard-Speaker) -- A contractor on Monday afternoon began pumping cement into mine holes that opened in Drifton Estates, Hazle Township, where two homes have been damaged and a section of state Route 940 has been closed as a precaution for seven days.
Work begins to fill mine void in Drifton (posted 4/15/08)
(Times Leader) -- A Bloomsburg excavation company was awarded a contract for the first phase of construction work on the mine subsidence in Drifton that caused two homes to be condemned last week.
Work to begin on mine subsidence (posted 4/14/08)
(WNEP) -- Work is now underway to fix two massive mine subsidences in Luzerne County.
2 more mine holes open up (posted 4/14/08)
(Times Leader) -- The Drifton mine subsidence opened up two more holes in the area this weekend. That occurred just two days before work is scheduled to begin where the subsidence led officials to condemn two homes last week.
Cave-in repairs to begin today (posted 4/14/08)
(The Standard-Speaker) -- A state agency monitoring the mine subsidence that has threatened two Hazle Township homes since Wednesday will return to the site Monday.
Going under (posted 4/13/08)
(The Standard-Speaker) -- A propane tank ruptured Saturday afternoon at the rear of 2 Smith Drive in Drifton as a hole caused by mine subsidence widened even more.
Subsidence grows; fears persist (posted 4/12/08)
(The Standard-Speaker) -- A hole caused by a mine subsidence that closed one part of state Route 940 in Drifton showed signs of widening on Friday afternoon, provoking continued fears from nearby residents who wonder just how safe their homes are.
Subsidence hits home again (Posted 4/11/08)
(Times Leader) -- It was almost three decades ago that the ground around Robert and Margaret Pecile’s home first caved in.
Moving on (posted 4/11/08)
(The Standard-Speaker) -- After a mine cave-in moved his house, John Feschuk finished the job.
Two Hazle Twp. homes condemned after mine subsidence opens up (posted 4/11/08)
(The Standard-Speaker) -- Only a half-mile or so of state Route 940 is closed because of a mine subsidence in Drifton, Hazle Township, but it makes a difference in trips between Hazleton and Freeland.
Closing of Rt. 940 taking toll on drivers (posted 4/11/08)
(The Standard-Speaker) -- Only a half-mile or so of state Route 940 is closed because of a mine subsidence in Drifton, but it makes a difference in trips between Hazleton and Freeland.
Homeowners on edge (posted 4/10/08)
(The Standard-Speaker) -- Ground collapsed beneath parts of two homes in Drifton Estates on Wednesday morning, forcing the families to leave while mine experts began studying how to stabilize the area, which also caved in 30 years ago.
No work on subsidence until next week (posted 4/10/08)
(WNEP) -- It will be next week before work will begin to fill in subsidences in lower Luzerne County and stabilize the homes that were damaged.
Subsidence displaces 2 families (posted 4/10/08)
(Times Leader) -- Two families were forced from their homes on Smith Drive after a mine subsidence began opening Wednesday morning in the hilly residential section of Drifton Estates.
Subsidence threatens two homes (posted 4/9/08)
(WNEP) -- The huge hole opened between two homes. It has swallowed one basement and threatens another.
Mine subsidence suspected as slide hits home in Carroll (posted 2/7/08)
(The Observer-Reporter) -- MONONGAHELA - A hillside slide is threatening a home in Carroll Township for the second time in a little more than a month.