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January 20th PGS Joint Meeting with ASCE Geo-Institute of Pittsburgh - Preventing Coal Waste Impoundment Breakthroughs into Underground Mines by Peter R. Michael, PG
 

The Pittsburgh Geological Society & ASCE Geo-Institute of Pittsburgh jointly present Peter Michael PG, a recently retired Geologist serving the Appalachian Regional Office of the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) in Pittsburgh. Mr. Michael will speak regarding the October 11, 2000 incident when an estimated 306 million gallons of water and coal waste slurry drained from an impoundment in Martin County, eastern Kentucky into an adjacent underground coal mine. Approximately 230 million gallons of the water and slurry discharged from two mine portals and affected over 75 miles of streams in Kentucky and West Virginia. In response to this and several other similar events over just half a decade, the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement and other institutions undertook investigations to assess: the causes of the events; the potential for additional breakthroughs in the future; available methods for preventing them; and the effectiveness of state and federal regulatory programs.

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See our speaker's abstract and biography for more information.

  Come join us at our PGS Meetings

Our meetings start at 6:00 pm with a social hour, dinner is served at 7:00 pm and the presentation begins at 8:00 pm. Dinner will cost $30.00/person, dinner for students is $10.00; checks preferred. For this month's meeting, reservations should be emailed to pgsreservations@gmail.com, please title as "PGS Dinner Reservation", by noon, Monday, January 18th. Meeting will be held at the Fosters Restaurant, Foster Plaza Building 10, 680 Andersen Dr, Greentree. See map for our meeting place. Suggested attire is business casual. Students and guests are welcome, you need not be a member to attend our meetings and its okay to just drop by for the speaker presentation at 8 pm.

Directions:
From Pittsburgh: Parkway West to Green Tree-Crafton Exit. Bear left at exit and left again onto Mansfield Avenue West. Follow Mansfield West to the 2nd traffic light. Turn right onto Holiday Drive and proceed up the hill to Foster Plaza Building 10.

From Airport and I 79: Parkway West towards Pittsburgh, exit at Green Tree-Mt. Lebanon Exit. Turn left onto Greentree Road, make left at 1st traffic light onto Mansfield Avenue West. Follow Mansfield West to the 2nd traffic light. Turn right onto Holiday Drive and proceed up the hill to Foster Plaza Building 10.

Or go to http://maps.google.com/maps?f=l&hl=en&sll=40.440676,-80.007248&sspn=0.127773,0.22007&q=foster%27s+restaurant+and+catering&near=pittsburgh+pa&latlng=40440556,-79996111,5411451826638810477 for a map.

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PGS Dinner Meeting Fee
Attention PG's! Attend our dinner and meeting to receive a continuing education credit.
 
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News 
  Were there dinosaurs in Western Pennsylvania?  

Yes, dinosaurs walked on the land and left behind their footprints and bones, but unfortunately this evidence has been eroded away long ago. It is difficult to imagine the enormous amount of soil and rock that has been carried away by weathering processes in the 60 million years since the end of Cretaceous time. Scientists have estimated that a layer of rock over a mile thick has been eroded since the beginning of the Mesozoic Age and with it all traces of the dinosaurs.

See Dr. John Harpers more thorough explanation for more information.
 
 
 

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