Curry Mine/Yough Defense/Party against strip mine within 500ft of Yough bike tra

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caitlin
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hey all.

I went to the Curry Mine public meeting earlier this year, and currently the proposed strip mine by the Yough is "on hold" so that, presumably, Amerikohl can get approval and start digging right next to Ohiopyle without us realizing it. I plan to go to this party with at least one co-worker, and I am sure we could arrange a carpool or epic bike trip.

Here's the details from the email:

You're Invited!

Come to the Yough Defense Party!

This event benefits our Yough Defense Fund, and is being hosted by several area businesses and individuals. 100% of your entry fee at the door goes directly to the Yough Defense Fund, which is helping to fund our continued opposition to Amerikohl's Curry Mine.

Date: Thursday November 19, 2009

Place: Falls City Pub (Wilderness Voyageurs) in Ohiopyle

5pm Doors Open (drinks available)

6pm Food starts (heavy Hors d'oeuvres)

7pm Music (short sets) and events start

10pm Format evolves toward party/more music

Music will be provided by Clark Slater and Jess Hartman (and the Ferncliff Collective friends)

100% of your donation at the door goes to the Yough Defense Fund!

Your $20 donation provides:

Hors d'oeuvres

2 FREE draft beers or soda

Additional draft beer is cash bar; however, 100% proceeds go to the Yough Defense Fund!

50% of all other bar drinks (and limited menu) proceeds go to the Yough Defense Fund!

Live music with Clark Jess …and maybe even some "Yough-i-okie"!

Chance to win a door prize and maybe some FREE stuff!

Silent auction deals/steals!

Bring along your other "Yough friends"…have fun supporting the Yough!

This event is open to the public. RSVP's are not required but are appreciated.

To RSVP, email … youghdefense@mtwatershed.com !

Please join us! Bring some friends and forward this invitation on to others who are interested in helping to protect the Youghiogheny from a very real threat!

Peter Wray

pjwray@verizon.net

412-244-9907


Mick
Participant
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This is almost embarassing to ask, but

um…

Does anyone want to do the bike trip as a 4 day round trip? 2 days in each direction?

"Easy Rider"

Mick


Kordite
Participant
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If it were on a Saturday night I would totally make it a two day trip, riding down from Boston on Saturday and then back on Sunday. Otherwise, I can't take the time off of work. As it is, I'm going to try to get down there after work that Thursday. I'll have to see how schedules work out.


caitlin
Participant
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i wish i could do a bike trip of it, but i have to be in pgh at 8am on saturday.


erok
Keymaster
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wait, how is this possible? i thought the permit was denied?


Kordite
Participant
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As I recall, the first request was not so much denied as it was not accepted. I’m sure there’s some sort of legal thing but the upshot is that the application went back to Amerikohl so they could resubmit it at a later date.

There’s more than that, something about zoning. I’m not at home so I can’t dig through me emails to find the details.


caitlin
Participant
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yeah im not entirely sure… i think that the zoning part didnt go through, but you know how it is, they will keeep trying to reword their proposal until they get a yes. which hopefully they wont get.


TheLivingTed
Participant
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I work thursday and friday so a bike trip is out for me. Maybe a carpool would be in order..sounds like a great party/ cause.


erok
Keymaster
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Wow! Kudos to the folks who tirelessly fought for this. Looks like a good reason to top a 7 year old thread.

“We are absolutely thrilled that after a nearly ten year battle we have succeeded in protecting this area of the Yough River gorge from strip mining,” stated Krissy Kasserman, Youghiogheny Riverkeeper. “This strip mine, nearly 600 acres as originally proposed, posed an immediate threat to water quality, drinking water supplies, recreation and the wild and remote nature of the gorge.”

“This project was ill-conceived from the beginning—located less than a thousand feet from the Youghiogheny River and Great Allegheny Passage, surrounded on all sides by public lands and high quality waters, and in a section of the Yough River gorge used heavily for recreation,” continued Krissy Kasserman. “Protection of this area from mining represents a huge victory for our community and for the river.”

We won! Special Exception for Proposed Curry Mine Declared Void!


J Z
Participant
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That’s awesome, seriously.


paulheckbert
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emma
Member
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this is such great news. Thanks for the update!

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