Hike with US! Monterey Battlefield Park, September 18, 2022
Recent Birdseye View of SGI's Charmian Facility
This video speaks volumes about the fate awaiting Pine Hill (which can be seen in the background). It also speaks to the vulnerability of Toms Creek - when you see what has happened to Miney Branch after degradation by SGI.
What Are the Issues?
Learn more about the issues! Read SGI's response to comments made during the DEP hearing in July.
July 17th Pubic Hearing
SGI's "Non-Coal Surface Mining"
These are drawings that were presented at the Conditional Use Hearing in February 2014 by SGI. A picture is worth a thousand words. What we see here is called "non-coal surface mining." It is a term of art, since the effect will essentially be the same as mountaintop removal mining.
"Mountaintop removal is as near total destruction as you can imagine, because it does away with the forest, it does away with the topsoil that sustained the forest, it does away with the very topography —even people's family graveyards go. And it's done in complete disregard not only of the land but of the people who live downhill, whose lives are threatened, whose water supplies are destroyed, whose homes are damaged. The people downhill, downstream, and ahead of us in time are totally disregarded." - Wendell Erdman Berry, American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer
Watch DEP Public Hearing
There was a public hearing on SGI's permit to mine Pine Hill (aka "the Northern Tract") on July 23, 2018 at the Fairfield Fire Hall in Fairfield, PA. The public hearing was open to all and allowed people to ask questions and air concerns about the expansion of mining to Pine Hill, on the banks of Tom's Creek. This permit application by SGI is the last hurdle before they begin mining.
SGI Public Hearing
SGI public hearing for a discharge permit to Tom’s Creek.