- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

INDIAN LAKE, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania borough has hired a geo-hydrologist to look into what effect a proposed 127-acre mine might have on local water.

The Indian Lake council filed an appeal with state environmental officials last month over a permit issued to LCT Energy of Johnstown. The Boone Mine would be in the source water recharge area of the borough’s main well.

Mayor Michael Miscoe told The (Somerset) Daily American (https://bit.ly/VrwvbG ) that the appeal is aimed at protecting future water quality in the borough, which uses two underground wells.

Councilman Bob Hanson said the borough earlier lost two wells to mining contamination. Don Muir of the Pennsylvania Rural Water Association said it’s unclear whether the mine would impact the well, but it’s best to be on the safe side.

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Information from: Daily American, https://www.dailyamerican.com

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