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The latest incident with longwall mining!!!! Put a stop to it!

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Longwall Mining ‘Sucked Dry’ or Damaged Six Pennsylvania Streams

Submitted by Ben Kryzinski on Wed, 06/26/2013 – 10:29
Anglers and other stream and river conservationists, already at odds with hydraulic fracturing, open pit mining and other fossil fuel extraction operations; are placing an increased focus on longwall mining after the state of Pennsylvania released information indicating that longwall mining operations by Consol Energy have severely depleted or entirely eliminated streamflow for six streams in the southwestern portion of the state.
Longwall Mining

Longwall mining in operation.
Longwall mining is a more efficient mining practice than traditional room and pillar mining. In longwall mining, massive hydraulic equipment is used to shear and slice large segments of coal from mines. Unlike room and pillar mining, in which blocks of coal and other supports are left behind to support the earth, longwall mining leaves open caverns behind. These open caverns often cause surface subsidence above the mines, disrupting ecosystems and diverting water flows. In some locations, surface subsidence of more than 15 feet has resulted from longwall mining.
This latest incident isn’t the first time longwall mining has been scrutinized for its effects on streams. Over a decade ago, the US Fish and Wildlife service warned that longwall mining was ruining trout streams. Citing Pennsylvania’s Enlow Fork as an example, a report in thePittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2000 noted that “longwall mining subsidence has caused an eight-mile stretch of Enlow Fork, once a pretty, babbling trout stream with a natural assortment of riffles and runs, to become little more than a series of slack-water pools filled with muddy sediment and few fish.”
In the Post-Gazette report, wildlife biologist Jennifer Kagel noted that the subsidence caused by longwall mining “can mean water loss, pooling, reduced water velocity, and eventually the replacement of riffle species with slow- or standing-water species and the loss of diversity.” Kagel continued, “that changes the existing uses of the stream that are protected by the state and federal Clean Water Act.”
According to the above cited report from the Center for Public Integrity, Consol Energy is currently applying for a permit that would expand its largest mine in Pennsylvania, Bailey Mine, by over 3,000 acres. The expansion is expected to cause damage to a dozen additional area streams.

Roast or grilled salmon with sauteed radishes and sorrel or spinach cream sauce

http://leftbowerfarm.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/img_4882.jpgThis was a great recipe we tried with those amazing radishes from Left Bower Farm!

From the Wall Street Journal

4 salmon fillets
Salt
5 tbsp butter
1 shallot
1 c heavy cream
3 c thinly sliced sorrel leaves, stems removed (I used spinach with a little lemon)
12 radishes with greens attached, cleaned and halved
1. Preheat oven to 425
Season salmon with salt.
Place fillets, down on a lightly greased sheet pan and place in oven.
Roast until salmon flakes about 10-15 min.
(We grilled the salmon)
2. put a saute’ pan over med. heat. melt 2 tbsp butter. saute’ shallots about 7 min. add cream and simmer until it reduces slightly and thickens, about 5 min. Add sorrell or spinach leaves. cook till just wilted. Transfer to a blender or food processor. Puree until smooth. Add salt if needed.
3. Add remain butter and melt in saute’ pan, saute’ radishes until just tender. Season with salt.
Place the sauce on the plate, salmon and radishes on top! Yummy!!! My son claims he doesn’t like fish and he had 3 helpings!!!! Enjoy

The Farmer’s Table dinner at Manchester-Farms with Left Bower Farm

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The photos show the set-up through the dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

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