Act 32 of 2017
Senate Bill 624, amending the Bituminous Mine Subsidence and Land Conservation Act
SB 624, authored by Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) amends the Bituminous Mine Subsidence and Land Conservation Act (BMCLA) to ensure the continued use of longwall mining in Pennsylvania.
The bill incorporates into the BMSLCA aspects of the current permitting processes and procedures for the mitigation and restoration of undermined streams utilized by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP). SB 624 retroactively applies this clarification to longwall mining permits issued by PA DEP since 2005, when the current guidance for mitigation and restoration was put in place, thereby ensuring the continued operation of this mining style and protecting the jobs and economic benefits it provides.