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DEP's Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation to Receive National Award for Lackawanna County Coal Refuse Fire Project
The Department of Environmental Protection's Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation (DEP-BAMR) will receive the 2015 Excellence in Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Appalachian Regional Award from the United States Department of Interior Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) for its work on the Simpson Northeast Coal Refuse Fire in Fell Township, Lackawanna County in 2014. The award will be presented at the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs Annual Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico on September 28.

This is the ninth year of the last ten that a Pennsylvania project has won the Appalachian Regional or National AML Reclamation Award. The project was developed, designed, and supervised during construction by the staff from BAMR's Wilkes-Barre Office.

"This award is not only an honor, but a reflection of the time and energy expended by the BAMR Wilkes-Barre staff and the contractor to design and construct the project," said John Stefanko, DEP Deputy Secretary of Active and Abandoned Mine Operations. "Work was completed with long hours during one of the coldest winters in the region, which shows the dedication of DEP staff and the contractor to make sure this environmental hazard was eliminated."

In early 2014, BAMR awarded a contract to Minichi Inc., Dupont PA, who excavated and extinguished the coal refuse bank fire on abandoned mine lands 20 miles north of Scranton, PA.

The scope of the project was to eliminate an imminent public safety hazard by extinguishing the fire, which was within one half-mile of the nearest home. Residents as far as 10 miles away complained of smoke and odor. The area is easily accessible via dirt roads and foot trails. There are many indications such as tire tracks, garbage, and even YouTube video that people were trespassing in the area. Several brushfires in the proximity had been extinguished by the local volunteer fire company in the past couple years, and the fire may have been ignited by ATV riders burning tires on the spoil bank.

The project involved obtaining environmental clearances, establishing a water supply, establishing erosion and sedimentation (E&S) controls, excavating and quenching the burning refuse. Upon completion of the quenching of the fire, the disturbed areas were cleaned up, re-graded, seeded, and the equipment demobilized. Shortly after excavation of the refuse pile commenced, it was apparent the fire was much larger than anyone anticipated.

Completed on May 28, 2014, it took nearly four months of continuous work to finally extinguish the fire, at an ultimate cost of $2,213,477.80.

The fire was located within a large bank approximately 1,200 feet east of Jefferson Street in Fell Township, about a quarter of a mile from the Lackawanna River.

The history of the site stretches back more than a century, starting when refuse had been deposited from the Simpson Colliery and Northwest Coal Company Breaker, which had been operated by several companies on the site between 1885 and 1964. The majority of material came from deep mining, but some strip mining was performed in the 1950s and early 60s.

The award "recognizes an exemplary reclamation project that emphasizes the elimination of dangerous health, safety, and environmental problems resulting from abandoned mine lands within OSMRE's Appalachian Region."

"This project is a great example of the good work accomplished by Pennsylvania's abandoned mine land reclamation program. That work - reclaiming hazardous abandoned mines, restoring lands and waters affected by legacy mining, and working with partners - helps our communities by creating jobs, usable land, restored waters, and an environment free from hazards," says Stefanko.

To learn more about DEP's Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program, click here, or call the Northeast Regional Office at 570-826-2511.


Boback Cuts Ribbon to Officially Reopen Hunlock Creek Bridge
HUNLOCK TOWNSHIP - Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) joined Hunlock Township officials, a member of Sen. Lisa Baker’s staff (R-Luzerne/Monroe/Pike/Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) and representatives from PennDOT to officially reopen the State Route 4016 bridge over the Hunlock Creek.

“The safety of our roads and bridges is very important, and I am very pleased this bridge project, which affects more than 4,000 area residents, is now complete,” said Boback.

The 80-year-old bridge was subjected to flood damage in 2006 and was closed in 2007 when PennDOT detected deterioration during a routine inspection.

The bridge reopened to traffic in November, but an official ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Jan. 20.

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Rep. Boback was pleased to attend a recent ribbon cutting for a newly completed bridge in Hunlock Creek. Pictured with Boback (from left) are John Sirak, Hunlock Creek supervisor; Michael S. Taluto, safety press officer, PennDOT; Thomas Yoniski, field representative for Sen. Lisa Baker; Richard Davis, chairman, Hunlock Township Board of Supervisors; and Richard Moss, Hunlock Creek supervisor.

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Predator Drill Rig commissioned to Southwestern Energy
Minichi's Predator Drilling System has been commissioned to drill for Southwestern Energy. In the next 3 months, the Predator will be working around the clock in multiple counties in the Marcellus Shale region. The Predator will be drilling to depths of approximately 5000 feet on this particular contract.

Minichi Energy, LLC, Has Acquired Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’s Remaining Portion of Their Original Leasehold Position
Minichi Energy, LLC, has acquired Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’s remaining portion of their original leasehold position of approximately 283,000 gross and 271,000 net acres in Avoyelles, West Feliciana, East Feliciana, Pointe Coupee and St. Landry Parishes in Louisiana covering the Louisiana Austin Chalk and Tuscaloosa Marine formations. The Anadarko acreage fairway is very attractive to both the proven oil rich LA Chalk and the pressured TMS. The Louisiana Austin Chalk has been a proven liquid rich play in Texas and Louisiana. The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale oil resource play has shown significant promise with drilling concentrated in Louisiana and Mississippi with estimated 2014 capital expenditures approaching $1 Billion Dollars. Industry players include Encana, Comstock Resources, Goodrich Petroleum, Halcon Resources, Paloma Partners, IV, Sanchez Energy and others entering the play.

New Minichi Site In Cadiz, Ohio
This new location will allow Minichi Energy to better serve the needs of Ohio and Western Pennsylvania for drilling services in the Marcellus Shale play.

Minichi Energy - Proud to Serve Ohio


New Minichi Site In Foxworth, Mississippi

Minichi Energy is proud to announce the opening of its new site in Foxworth, Mississippi. This strategic location will allow Minichi Energy to better serve the needs of the Southern portion of the United States and the exciting Tuscaloosa Marine Shale and LA Chalk plays. With the arrival of its Predator Rig, Minichi Energy contemplates it will begin its Southern drilling program in the upcoming weeks.




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Minichi Group - Harrison Avenue BridgeConstruction on Harrison Avenue Bridge Begins
For the rehabilitation and improvement of a certain section of STATE HIGHWAY in LACKAWANNA COUNTY, CITY OF SCRANTON, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, STATE ROUTE 6011, SECTION 273. The project being situated as follows: From a point at the intersection of SR 6011 and SR 0307 Moosic Street at Segment 0190 Offset 0010 (Station 10+00) to the intersection of SR 6011 and Linden Street at Segment 0190 Offset 1510 (Station 25+00), along SR 6011. For the construction of a 3 span continuous composite steel multi girder bridge and removal of 3 span reinforced arch bridge over Roaring Brook creek and the Delaware, Lacawann and Western Railroad. The proposed work includes a MSE retaining wall, sanitary sewer relocation, full depth superpave HMA bituminous pavement, new guiderail, landscaping, erosion & sediment control measures, pavement markings and other miscellaneous construction for a total length of 1500.00 linear feet, (0.284 mi.) as indicated on the approved plans included in the bid package.

Predator Drill Rig commissioned to Southwestern Energy
Minichi's Predator Drilling System has been commissioned to drill for Southwestern Energy. In the next 3 months, the Predator will be working around the clock in multiple counties in the Marcellus Shale region. The Predator will be drilling to depths of approximately 5000 feet on this particular contract.

Minichi Energy, LLC, Has Acquired Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’s Remaining Portion of Their Original Leasehold Position
Minichi Energy, LLC, has acquired Anadarko Petroleum Corporation’s remaining portion of their original leasehold position of approximately 283,000 gross and 271,000 net acres in Avoyelles, West Feliciana, East Feliciana, Pointe Coupee and St. Landry Parishes in Louisiana covering the Louisiana Austin Chalk and Tuscaloosa Marine formations. The Anadarko acreage fairway is very attractive to both the proven oil rich LA Chalk and the pressured TMS. The Louisiana Austin Chalk has been a proven liquid rich play in Texas and Louisiana. The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale oil resource play has shown significant promise with drilling concentrated in Louisiana and Mississippi with estimated 2014 capital expenditures approaching $1 Billion Dollars. Industry players include Encana, Comstock Resources, Goodrich Petroleum, Halcon Resources, Paloma Partners, IV, Sanchez Energy and others entering the play.

New Minichi Site In Cadiz, Ohio
This new location will allow Minichi Energy to better serve the needs of Ohio and Western Pennsylvania for drilling services in the Marcellus Shale play.

Minichi Energy - Proud to Serve Ohio


New Minichi Site In Foxworth, Mississippi

Minichi Energy is proud to announce the opening of its new site in Foxworth, Mississippi. This strategic location will allow Minichi Energy to better serve the needs of the Southern portion of the United States and the exciting Tuscaloosa Marine Shale and LA Chalk plays. With the arrival of its Predator Rig, Minichi Energy contemplates it will begin its Southern drilling program in the upcoming weeks.

Minichi Energy welcomes Tommy Bell who brings over 36 years of worldwide drilling and completion experience.
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