Robindale Energy Services Inc. is the recipient of a 2014 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.
Each year, projects that encourage and promote environmental stewardship are selected for this recognition. Robindale received the recognition for a waste coal reclamation and cleanup project near Saltsburg.
The 46.6-acre site is located within the Loyalhanna Creek Watershed and previously consisted of 18.6 acres of abandoned refuse piles scattered throughout the area with little to no vegetation.
[PHOTO: Site shown before project. ALTERNATE PHOTO (click to view): Site shown after project.]
During the 18-month reclamation project, nine Robindale employees and 35 contracted truck drivers worked to remove approximately 305,097 tons of waste coal, restore the site to its original contour and revegetate all disturbed areas.
This effort has produced positive surface runoff, eliminated acidic runoff to the streams and enhanced the scenic beauty of the site, which is bisected by a Westmoreland County Rails to Trails pathway.
“Energy, the environment and the economy are not mutually exclusive. We are proud of this project which used the waste coal for energy, cleaned up the environment and provided jobs to support the effort. I want to thank Gov. (Tom) Corbett, DEP Secretary (Christopher) Abruzzo, and the other public and private partners that made this project a reality. We are pleased to accept this award in recognition of the effort,” said D. Scott Kroh, CEO/president of Robindale Energy Services Inc.
This year, 37 applications for a Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence were submitted and 19 projects were selected to receive an award. The awards will be presented at the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s annual dinner on April 22 at the Harrisburg Hilton at 6 p.m.
Robindale Energy Services Inc. is a western Pennsylvania company that primarily deals with the permitting and mining, and transportation of waste coal from seven counties in the bituminous coal fields to waste coal burning plants in the state. Robindale’s operations over the past 22 years have helped clean miles of streams and remove millions of gallons of acid mine drainage in Pennsylvania at no cost to the taxpayers.
Armagh-based Robindale Energy Services Inc. is the largest waste coal reclamation company in the United States, mining 25 percent of all the waste coal in the country and an estimated 10 percent of the production in the world.
Robindale Energy processes 4 million tons of waste coal per year and provides up to 1 million tons per year of limestone.