PA DEP News Release : Work To Extinguish Mine Fire In Carbon County Continues To Progress

Work To Extinguish Mine Fire In Carbon County Continues To Progress

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is continuing drilling work to map the limits of the Jeansville mine fire in Banks Township, Carbon County.

“DEP’s Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation is continuing to monitor the progress of efforts to extinguish this mine fire,” said John Stefanko, deputy secretary for Office of Active and Abandoned Mine Operations. “We are working with the contractor to complete the exploratory drilling work as fast as is safely possible.”

Minichi Inc., of Dupont, Luzerne County has drilled 38 of the proposed 51 holes. Drilling activity is expected to finish by the end of August, but could be extended if additional drilling is needed to accurately define the limits of the fire.

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