Mining Threatens Tom’s Creek
Tom’s Creek is a small trout stream with headwaters in the Michaux State Forest, providing drinking water to the town of Fairfield, PA. Tom’s Creek is designated by the State as a High Quality stream. This high-quality stream is under a threat by a potential expansion of the Specialties Granules Incorporated (SGI) mining operation. SGI mines a green colored mineral called basalt, which is used as the surface material of shingles used in home construction. An expansion of the mining operation would discharge basalt stormwater into Tom’s Creek. The High-Quality designation has protections but does allow variances if there is an economic need.
Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls joined Friends of Tom’s Creek (FOTC) to oppose the expansion of operations for Specialty Granules, Inc (SGI) on Tom’s Creek in Fairfield, PA. Brent’s goal is to convince Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection to deny a permit for SGI, which, if granted, will allow stormwater from the mining expansion to […]
On Wednesday, January 30, support us, Friends of Tom’s Creek (FOTC), and other local residents at the public hearing by Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection(DEP) on a mining permit for Specialty Granules, Inc., (SGI). Time is 6:30 p.m. and place is the Fire and EMS Hall, 106 Steelman St., Fairfield, PA 17320. We need to convince DEP […]