View of Blaschak coal mining site located near Mount Carmel

The Blaschak Coal Co. mining operation in Conyngham Township that was awarded a $1 million state grant is seen in a company photo looking west, with Mount Carmel in the background. Work has been underway for several years at the site to redevelop the former working surface mine. The large Marion 7450 Dragline in the center of the photo sits near where the company says it will soon unearth the Mammoth vein that it will mine for the next 20 years.

CONYNGHAM TOWNSHIP — The company awarded $1 million by the state to “reengineer, reopen and redevelop” an anthracite coal surface mine hopes to be in full production at the site as soon as October.

Blaschak Coal Co. President and CEO Greg Driscoll said work to remove some one million cubic yards of overburden has been taking place since 2016 at the former stripping pit, and miners are close to exposing the “Mammoth vein” that is as much as 80 feet thick at places and will be mined for some 20 years.

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