Consol, Pa. reach settlement on dam, gas drilling

PITTSBURGH (AP) — State officials say they’ve reached a settlement with Consol Energy over a dam in a western Pennsylvania state park that was allegedly damaged by underground coal mining.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says Wednesday that Consol agreed to pay $36 million to replace the dam at Ryerson Station State Park. That’s about 60 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

The state drained 62-acre Duke Lake to keep the dam from failing in 2005. The lake is expected to be restored by 2017.

Consol, which is based in Pittsburgh, says in a statement that it is pleased the settlement will lead to the restoration of the dam.

Consol will also be allowed to drill for natural gas under the park, but only from well pads outside park boundaries.

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