PRINTER'S NO.  316

  

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA

  

SENATE BILL

 

No.

340

Session of

2011

  

  

INTRODUCED BY GREENLEAF, TARTAGLIONE, ARGALL, BROWNE, FONTANA, YUDICHAK AND ALLOWAY, JANUARY 28, 2011

  

  

REFERRED TO STATE GOVERNMENT, JANUARY 28, 2011  

  

  

  

AN ACT

  

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Selecting, designating and adopting anthracite or "hard coal" as

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the official rock of the Commonwealth.

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WHEREAS, The eastern and northeastern regions of this

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Commonwealth contain virtually all of the nation's supply of

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anthracite or "hard coal"; and

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WHEREAS, The anthracite ranges cover 484 square miles in the

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following nine counties: Dauphin, Schuylkill, Northumberland,

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Columbia, Carbon, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wayne and Susquehanna;

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and

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WHEREAS, It is estimated that 16 billion tons of coal lie

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within the anthracite seams in this Commonwealth, of which seven

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to eight billion tons of anthracite coal are capable of being

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mined; and

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WHEREAS, Anthracite mining occurs in the following eight

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counties: Schuylkill, Carbon, Luzerne, Northumberland,

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Lackawanna, Columbia, Dauphin and Sullivan; and

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WHEREAS, Anthracite, historically referred to as "stone

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coal," is one of this Commonwealth's most significant natural

 


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resources; and

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WHEREAS, The production of anthracite coal has historically

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been a major industry and source of employment in this

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Commonwealth; and

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WHEREAS, Anthracite played a major role in the

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industrialization of this Commonwealth and the United States;

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and

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WHEREAS, Anthracite coal was known to exist in the area of

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Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, as early as 1769;

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and

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WHEREAS, In 1775, the mining of anthracite began in

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northeastern Pennsylvania in a mine located near Pittston; and

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WHEREAS, In 1820, the first recorded anthracite coal company,

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the Lehigh Coal Mining Company, began shipping anthracite out of

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the coal field region; and

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WHEREAS, Between 1870 and 1995, 31,113 individuals died in

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anthracite mining accidents; and

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WHEREAS, In 1971, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum

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Commission created the Anthracite Museum Complex, three museums

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(Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, Eckley Miners' Village

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and the Museum of Anthracite Mining) and one historical site

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(Scranton Iron Furnaces) to help preserve and share the rich

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history of Pennsylvania anthracite.

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The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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hereby enacts as follows:

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Section 1.  Official State rock.

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Anthracite or "hard coal" is hereby selected, designated and

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adopted as the official rock of the Commonwealth.

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Section 2.  Effective date.

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This act shall take effect immediately.

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