Mining and Reclamation Advisory Boards
Orphan Mine Discharge Task Force
Wednesday, February 19, 2003
Pennsylvania Game Commission
2001 Elmerton Ave.
Game Commission Auditorium
8:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon
8:00 8:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks Dave Strong
8:15 8:20 Introduction of Speakers Joe Schueck
8:20 9:00 WVU Mon Valley Mine Pool Study Dr. Joe Donovan
9:00 9:30 The GenPower Project Brian Osborn
9:30 10:00 Question and Answer Period
10:00 10:15 Break
10:15 12:00 noon Brainstorming Session for Task Force Members
· Mission Statement
· Involvement of Other Parties
About the Speakers:
Dr. Joe Donovan and Brian Osborn will provide background and perspective to assist with the mission of the Task Force. Dr. Donovan, Associate Professor of Hydrogeology at WVU, will present the results of the study on the abandoned mine pool flooding of the Pittsburgh, Ohio and Irwin Basins. This multi-year project was funded by the Department of Energy-National Energy Technology Laboratory (DOE-NETL) and Parsons. This project was a collaborative effort of three major universities West Virginia University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University. The focus of the study was on mapping of underground mine pools, monitoring mine levels and water chemistry, rates of water rise and differences between shallow cover near outcrops versus central basin. The study area extends from Fairmont, West Virginia to Pittsburgh, PA. This presentation will clearly impress upon the audience both the magnitude and complexity of the challenge before the task force.
Brian Osborn, Sr. Mining Engineer with Dana Mining Company of PA, Inc. will focus on the desired resolution, the recycling and reuse of the mine pool water by industry. Mr. Osborn will describe the GenPower project, a proposed coal fired power plant that is investigation pumping and treating mine pool water from several deep mines for cooling water purposes. He will also enlighten the audience about the challenges and obstacles they face in order to transform a dream into reality.
Contact Joe Schueck, 717-783-5633 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.