Thursday, April 30, 2015

Officials: Old mine site isn't source of Logan County, WV flooding

(AP) - State regulators have ruled out an abandoned mine site as the source of yard and basement flooding in a Logan County community.

The Office of Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation says flooding after precipitation likely is due to improper drainage.

The office recently inserted dye into discharges from the mine site to determine where the water went. The test's results were similar to the findings of dye testing by a private contractor in 2013 and a water analysis by the Department of Environmental Protection in 2011.

The office says it will maintain the mine seals and drainage control structures that were installed as part of the Omar mine reclamation project in the mid-1990s.