COMMUNITY MEETING ON THE PROPOSED TIOGA RIVER AMD TREATMENT PLANT

WHERE:
Blossburg Volunteer Fire Company Building
324 Main Street
Blossburg, PA

WHEN:
Thursday, February 22, 2024 – two sessions have been scheduled to accommodate work schedules –
one at 2:00PM and one at 7:00PM. An alternate date of Tuesday, February 27, 2024 has been scheduled in case of inclement weather. A notice will be placed on DEP’s North Central Regional Office website at:

https://www.dep.pa.gov/About/Regional/North-central-Regional-Office/Community-Information/Pages/default.aspx

by 10:00AM on February 22nd if the meeting needs to be rescheduled. A notce will also be posted on this TCCCC Bulletin Board.

PURPOSE OF MEETING:
The purpose of the meeting is to provide a forum for property owners and community members to see an overview of the Tioga River AMD Treatment Plant and to ask questions. There will be a short presentation followed by a Q and A session. Staff from the various project partners will be available to provide additional information and answer any additional questions.

BACKGROUND:
• This project is the result of our community efforts led by the Tioga County Concerned Citizens Committee and Hillside Rod & Gun Club Watershed CommiRee to restore the Tioga River so that it once again supports aquatic life.
• The Department of Environmental ProtecJon (DEP), Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation (BAMR) is the sponsor of this project providing the direction and funding.
• The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) has been contracted by BAMR to manage and oversee the project.
• Kleinfelder has been contracted to design the project, provide oversight, and manage the construction of the project.
• The Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy (NPC) is providing assistance through the purchase of
land to capture the Coal Creek discharge, help keep the public informed, and coordinate fish habitat and bank stabilization projects.
• The Bureau of Forestry – Tioga State Forest – is involved via a Memorandum of Understanding with BAMR for a small parcel of forestry lands on which the new plant will be constructed.
• The TCCCC/Hillside Watershed Committee and our partners are assisJng with public awareness, facilitaJng meetings, providing financial contribuJons to survey work as well as fish habitat and stream bank stabilization projects and will be donaJng the Save The Tioga River funds to the project.

COUPLE HONORED WITH SRBC AWARD:

At their Quarterly Business Meeting held December 14, 2023 in Corning, NY, the SRBC Commissioners Honored Charlie and Joyce Andrews for their long-term commitment to restoring the Upper Tioga River Watershed which has been polluted with Acid Mine Drainage.  The couple was presented with the William Jeanes Sr. Award .  William Jeanes Sr. was a Pennsylvania native who as a Maryland resident was a strong advocate of water quality protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.

From left to right:  Amy Guise, Chief, Planning Division Baltimore District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Lauren Townley, Chief, Watershed Section A, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; Andrew Dehoff, Executive Director, Susquehanna River Basin Commission; Joyce Andrews and Charlie Andrews, TCCCC; Bevin Buchheister, Acting Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Matthew Rowe, Assistant Director, Water and Science Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment.

AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE REPRESENTATIVES VISIT TIOGA RIVER WATERSHED

At the request of Southwestern Energy (SWN), the TCCCC provided a high-level overview of the FallBrook  AMD Treatment Project and brief description of the proposed Tioga River AMD Treatment Plant to representatives of the American Petroleum Institute (API).  API is the largest US trade association for the oil and natural gas industry.  SWN funded the design, construction, and O&M of the Fall Brook AMD Treatment Project that went on line in 2015 as part of their Fresh Water Neutral program.  TCCCC President Charlie Andrews, Secretary Joyce Andrews, and Blossburg Mayor Shane Nickerson shared thoughts on what the Fall Brook AMD Treatment Plant has meant to the community and how they felt it was instrumental in DCNR moving forward with the proposed Tioga River AMD Treatment Plant schedule to be on line in 2026.  SWN continues to advocate for the oil and gas industry to get involved in environmental projects in the areas in which they operate.

MILL COVE INVITES TCCCC TO PROVIDE UPDATE ON TIOGA RIVER AMD TREATMENT PLANT PROJECT

Mill Cove, Inc invited Charlie and Joyce Andrews of the TCCCC to provide an update on the
Tioga River AMD Treatment Plant Project. Their Annual Meeting was held on July 12, 2023 at
the new Charles E. Fox Environmental Education Pavilion. The members were very interested
in the project and are hopeful that it will help foster more local use of the many recreational
opportunities available in our beautiful Tioga County.

NCPC, SRBC,AND TCCCC/HILLSIDE HOST BOOTH AT BLOSSBURG COAL FESTIVAL

Renee Carey from Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, coordinated the efforts to host a booth at the Blossburg Coal Festival held Memorial Day weekend at Island Park, Blossburg. Representatives from the TCCCC and Susquehanna River Basin Commission were also on hand to share information about the Tioga River AMD Treatment Plant Project. Michelle Burzak of Covington won the fishing rod package donated by the Hillside Rod & Gun Club.

Pictured in the photo from left to right:  Cindy Dunn – Secretary, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Joyce Andrews – Secretary TCCCC, Charlie Andrews – President TCCCC; Patrick McDonnell – Acting Secretary, Department of Environmental Protection; Davitt Woodwell – President, Pennsylvania Environmental Council; Karen Olson – SWN Director, Strategic Solutions; Rowlan Greaves – SWN Manager, Strategic Solutions.

TCCCC Receives Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence

The TCCCC, on behalf of the Hillside Rod & Gun Club, Southwestern Energy Company (SWN), Bureau of Forestry and the entire coalition working to restore the Tioga River, received the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence (GAEE) for the Fall Brook AMD Treatment Projects.  The Awards were presented at the GAEE Awards banquet hosted by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) at the Harrisburg Hilton on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.  Charlie Andrews – President, and Joyce Andrews – Secretary, attended on behalf of the TCCCC.  Shane Nickerson – Mayor of Blossburg, and Jill Nickerson – Blossburg Borough Council Member, attended as guests of SWN.  SWN funded and oversaw the construction of the Fall Brook systems and also funded the Trust to operate and maintain the systems.  SWN attendees included: Roy Hartstein – Vice President Strategic Solutions, Karen Olson – Director Strategic Solutions, Rowlan Greaves – Manager Strategic Solutions, as well as a number of other SWN employees.