November 5, 2010

What Do Poultry, Paper Abandoned Mine Lands Have In Common? Aside from the fact that each produces pollution and waste, combined they may be able to solve one another's problems while providing energy. How is this possible?
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council has organized some unique partnerships do deal with the waste from poultry farms in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. When combined with excess paper mill sludge, barren Abandoned Mine Lands could produce biomass in the form of warm seasonal grasses to support the increase of energy consumption.
The Western Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation recently joined several other interested groups for a tour of PEC's pilot project in Clearfield County to see how this is possible.

(Story By Anne Daymut, Watershed Coordinator, Western Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, published in Abandoned Mine Posts)