Report Outlines Abandoned Coal Mine Clean Up Projects to Spur Economic Development '

Nov 14, 2018

Patriot Coal Mine site
Credit Department of Mine Reclamation

A new report has identified 20 ready-made projects across the Ohio Valley that could help clean up and re-purpose abandoned coal mine sites. Brittany Patterson has more.

Solar farms in Virginia, a green energy subdivision in Kentucky, 88 miles of mountain biking trails in Ohio and a meat processing plant in West Virginia.

These are some of the projects that could be undertaken on abandoned coal mine sites across the Ohio Valley according to a new report by a coalition of regional advocacy groups called Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition.

The report outlines 20 projects already in the making that if funded could give abandoned mining operations that were never cleaned up a second life.

The group argues well-thought out reclamation projects can spur economic development. The idea has gotten a boost in recent years. Congress appropriated more than $100 million in 2017 and 2018 for the Abandoned Mine Land Pilot Program.