More than 100 Bradenville homes to be protected against future mine subsidence

HARRISBURG, May 9 – Controlling mine subsidence in Bradenville is one of the projects slated to be addressed from $55.6 million in federal funding the state has recently received, announced state Rep. Joseph Petrarca.

"Pennsylvania has a long history of coal mining, a valuable fossil fuel that even today continues to have an important economic impact. Unfortunately, with that history also comes the struggle to deal with abandoned coal mines and the resulting environmental hazards from mining prior to 1977," Petrarca said. "This federal funding will help the state address the mine subsidence events that have plagued Bradenville for decades."

The mine reclamation project in Bradenville will include stabilizing mine subsidence and helping prevent future subsidence for more than 100 homes. The project involves backfilling mine voids to stabilize the land.

Petrarca said it is anticipated that the Department of Environmental Protection's Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation will invite property owners to a presentation next month to explain the project and authorize the bureau to do the work. After the construction contracts are set up by the fall, work is expected to begin in spring 2019.

"This project stems from the bureau's earlier exploratory drilling in the area, which helped determine that an area-wide mine subsidence control project was necessary. Once the project is completed, hopefully it will mean no more potholes in yards or damaged property from sinkholes," Petrarca said.

According to the DEP, one-third of the abandoned mine lands in the U.S. are in Pennsylvania. More than a million homes in 43 of the state's counties are above abandoned coal or clay mines. More than 320 acres of abandoned mine lands were reclaimed last year.

Project funding is from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 2018 Abandoned Mine Land Grant Fund.