New digital map shows Pa. mines

    Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett announced yesterday the release of Department of Environmental Protection’s “Pennsylvania Mine Map Atlas.”

    The online tool is a detailed map of the state’s underground mines.The DEP spent 10 years identifying and scanning more than 15,000 hard copy maps of mines, half of which have been located on the Earth’s surface using georeferencing. More than 40,000 maps will eventually be scanned and added to the digital map.

    Users can search for mines by county, municipality, ZIP code or street, and also have the option to print what they find.

    The $51,000 project was funded by the Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation’s general operations budget with money from fines, penalties, permits and licenses paid by the mining industry.

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