Abandoned Mined Lands Survey Demonstration: Indiana and Cambria Counties, Pennsylvania--Boone County, West Virginia. Final Report.
Provisions have been made in Public Law 95-87, "The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977," to identify and reclaim abandoned mined lands throughout the coal producing states. A prerequisite to any attempt to eliminate hazards, abate pollution, or revitalize disturbed land is a complete environmental inventory of the affected region. This study documents and demonstrates a proven technique for inventorying and classifying abandoned mined lands, using Cambria and Indiana Counties, Pennsylvania, and Boone County, West Virginia, as the demonstration regions that are "data rich" and "data poor," respectively. Divided into major watersheds, the study counties were intensively scrutinized for all information applicable to mined lands inventory including the status of surface mines, underground mine workings and entries, deep mine refuse areas, acid mine drainage, pollution abatement techniques and costs, property ownership, land values, future land use, and socioeconomic data. Results were tabulated and mapped, and the entire approach to abandoned mined land inventories was analyzed.