Snyder: Consol secures permits for longwall operations at Bailey Mine

Lawmaker says constant negotiations helped save 600 jobs in Greene County

CARMICHAELS, Nov. 3 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the state Department of Environment Protection today cleared Consol Energy to mine new sections at the Bailey Mine in western Greene County, protecting the livelihoods of as many as 600 workers for up to five years.

"I have worked with Consol, DEP and the Wolf administration virtually night and day over the last couple of months to keep people working and the mines operating in Greene County," Snyder said. “I thank DEP and Governor Tom Wolf for their diligence and determination to get this done.”

Snyder said Consol in September furloughed about 300 miners as permit reviews and lawsuits threatened production at the mine, the largest-producing underground coal mining operation in North America. However, Consol soon shifted mining operations to other sections of the mine while the permits were being reviewed, enabling miners to be recalled to work.

“Besides permits for new longwall sections, today’s approvals also will enable operations to continue in other panels, which should ensure mining at the Wind Ridge complex for as long as five years,” Snyder said. “I regret the uncertainty while the permits were being secured, but now there is a viable long-term solution so coal will continue to be our region’s economic engine.

“It’s been a nail-biting, months-long marathon, but many people worked long and hard to ensure that the Bailey Mine received this new lease on life. The working families in my district will always be my top priority, and today was a big win for them.”