By Kaylee Lindenmuth
CONYNGHAM TOWNSHIP, Columbia County - Announced today by the Governor's office was a $1 Million grant for a mine development project near Centralia.
The grant funding awarded to Blaschak Coal Corporation, Mahanoy City, according to a media release, is "for a mine development project that will reengineer, reopen, and redevelop a large reserve of Mammoth (vein) coal."
“I will continue to partner with industry and our local communities to ensure that the commonwealth reaps the greatest possible benefit from our resources, so that our communities, our industries, and our workforce can thrive and Pennsylvania will remain competitive in the manufacturing economy,” said Governor Tom Wolf in a media release.
According to the release, the development will employ 25 to 30 union miners, and is the largest new mine development in the Anthracite Region.
"Once the development is complete, it will provide a considerable production of high quality anthracite coal for more than 20 years," the release reads. "As mining progresses, the land will be reclaimed and made available for alternative uses in the community. Wages for the created jobs more than double the median household income in the region."