The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

March 7, 2013

Authority, mining company beginning talks

JOHNSTOWN — The Cambria Somerset Authority hopes to start negotiations in the coming weeks with a mining company that is eyeing some of its Conemaugh Township resources.

Just a month after CSA officials said they could potentially see millions in revenue from a planned PBS mine, authority Manager Earl Waddell said serious talk with LCT Energy is getting under way over deep mining rights to 260 acres between Hollsopple and Jerome.

“We own the mineral rights for this property,” Waddell said, adding that LCT first approached CSA in the fall.

Waddell said the CSA coal would be mined as part of the Maple Springs Mine project, which has been in the works for years.

Johnstown-based LCT has already applied for a mining permit for the project, but Waddell said the CSA portion might be an extension to the initial territory LCT planned to mine.

Attempts to reach LCT Energy officials late Thursday for further details were unsuccessful.

The company has kept Conemaugh Township officials apprised of the project, Conemaugh Township Supervisor Steve Buncich said.

LCT officials first approached the township several years ago about tapping the project into the sewage system, he added.

Waddell said CSA’s discussions with LCT are still in very early stages negotiation-wise.  Payment terms for the coal, generally a dollar amount per ton, would be a major part of a deal, although the CSA could also seek to have land protection or environmental issues addressed in the deal – something that was part of a deal in place with PBS Coals for an unrelated proposed deep mine north of the Que.

The situation is different though for the LCT project, Waddell noted, because the Cambria Somerset Authority has no surface land involved.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat print edition.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat e-edition.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • District Deaths April 21, 2014

    April 20, 2014

  • Halfway house inmates can ease back into society

    Prison life can be a time warp.
    When inmates are locked away – for months, years, decades – society moves forward: Technology evolves, major events occur, pop culture changes. From a personal perspective, families and friends live their lives: weddings, funerals, graduations, births, retirements. All the while, criminals bide their time, existing in a regimented world of cement walls and metal bars.
    Almost all of them eventually rejoin society, though.

    April 19, 2014

  • Crime board took aim at house

    Johnstown’s unemployment rate is around 8 percent.
    One-third of the city’s population lives in poverty.
    Burglaries and assaults significantly increased between 2010 and 2012. There is a thriving illegal trade in heroin and prescription drugs.
    Given those conditions, it can be challenging for Johnstown Community Corrections Center residents to find jobs when living in the facility or to avoid falling back into a criminal lifestyle upon their release.

    April 19, 2014

  • Homicides linked to center

    Three homicides that took place in Johnstown last year involved either a suspect or victim who previously resided in the Community Corrections Center.
    Police Chief Craig Foust confirmed the name of one victim, who spent almost two months in the facility on Washington Street during 2007, a time period verified by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

    April 19, 2014

  • bachota Volunteers helping to spruce up community

    Walls and ceilings inside the Cambria County Library look clean and bright with fresh new coats of paint on them.
    The work was recently done by inmates from the Johnstown Community Corrections Center.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • alanna Hartzok targets income disparity

    Alanna Hartzok described herself as being a conservative progressive.
    The Franklin County resident said she is in favor of conserving environmental resources, education opportunities, Social Security and Medicare, while wanting to progressively address wealth inequality, health care and taxation.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Schools rise to leadership challenge

    Forest Hills and Cambria Heights high school students put the spirit of healthy competition toward a good cause and picked up some lessons in leadership along the way.

    April 19, 2014

  • KATEY LADIKA Student’s photos win awards

    A Forest Hills High School junior has captured several awards in a high school arts and writing contest that has identified greats such as Truman Capote and Andy Warhol.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jim Siehl JIM SIEHL | Music to my ears

    Seldom has $15 produced such a high level of entertainment as it did a few weeks ago when I found myself in the second row just left of center keeping back the tears once again during my third live performance of “Les Miserables.”

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Michele Bender Bye, bye, Easter birdies

    Animals fascinated my mom. Riding the train between Johnstown and Philly, she saw horses, pigs, sheep, cows … a Mattel See ’n Say of farm critters.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo


Would you like to see the Johnstown Community Corrections Center remain open after its lease runs out on Oct. 11, 2015?

I'm not sure
     View Results
House Ads