Road Reopens After Mine Water Blowout In Elizabeth Township

ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Douglas Run Road is now open to traffic in Elizabeth Township after water from an abandoned coal mine flooded a section of the road on Monday.

PennDOT crews were cleaning an underground pipe in an abandoned coal mine when the blowout occurred. Water had built up in part because of recent heavy rainfalls.

Water gushed from a manhole, flowed downhill into a nearby creek and then into the Youghiogheny and Monongahela rivers.

An attorney who specializes in environmental issues, Ned Mulcahy, of the Three Rivers Waterkeeper Association, said he was concerned about the chemicals in the water, including iron and iron oxide.

The chemicals will dissipate when the water flows into the rivers, but he was concerned about other possible contaminants as well.

People who live in the neighborhood say this isn’t the first mine blowout. There was a far worse blowout in the 80s and the 60s.

On Monday, the only home flooded belonged to Bill Hinnerman. He came home to find the water in his basement.

Western Pennsylvania is honeycombed with hundreds of old mines either partly or entirely filled with water. Most of the time it flows underground into creeks, streams and rivers, but today was an exception.

A PennDOT official said despite the color of the water and what’s in it, it’s not a threat to human health or the environment.

Water Gushes From Abandoned Mine In Elizabeth Twp.

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  • Shane

    I waste my time leaving message on this site i’m going to blog elseware on a real site.I just wasted my time writing a masterpeice to only have the system reject it.Whats that you said,your opinion means nothing to me same as Sean HANNITY,when you watch that jack wagon he thinks his is the best and only opnion,wow he is the smartest man on t.v.mabye he should run for President since he seems to have it all figured out and his other guests seem to always have it wrong.Can that be truly the way it is or perhaps has Mr.Hannity the biggest ego on this Planet?

  • will g

    looks like Oprah’s septic tank broke

  • John Moyer

    Please test the water for other contaniments! The DEP really dropped the ball on this one.

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