An award for the Public Service Commission’s Abandoned Mine Lands program.
The federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement has given the PSC its “Small Project Award” for a drilling and grouting project at the Halleck Mine, five miles north of Bowman.
The Halleck Mine was an underground mine, that was in operation between 1919 and 1944.
"The coal seam there was 30 to 40 feet thick, with only 10 to 50 feet of overburden," Commissioner Randy Christmann said. "So, obviously, that is going to cause sinkholes over time."