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 Post subject: Drilling underway at Scrub Oak
PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 7:18 pm 
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A Report from Irondale (Wharton / Mine Hill).

This past Sunday, I saw a drilling rig parked in the woods off the Irondale trail. I guess the Morris County Municipal Ultilities Authority is making good on their $500,000 grant to study the use of the former Scrub Oak Mine for public drinking water storage.

The area was marked-off with many small surveyor flags, but I did not understand what they were demarcating. Do they indicate the assumed northern boundary of the underground workings?

The section of Irondale trail where it meets the powerline r-o-w was bulldozed to allow the drill truck to enter the woods, decimating some of the tailings piles that lay undisturbed for close to 100 years. Fortunately, the Corwin Mine adit was still untouched, but the bulldozer came very close.

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Rob,

Thanks and keep us posted on the progress of this. I hadn't heard much lately from this project and wasn't sure if they were still going forward with it. Have they stared drilling in any places in particular?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 2:35 pm 
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Greg, I'll have to go back to take a look. I was focused on the nearby Erb Mine, so didn't spend much time looking at their drilling. Won't get back up there for a few wks. It will be interesting to observe their drill pattern, which should tell us something about the scope of the Scrub Oak workings.

One thing worries me though...the quarry has been working its way northeast, and the bright green quarry water (a high concentration of lime?) is now draining into the Mill Pond marsh. I hope it doesn't kill off all the wildlife now dependant on that small ecosystem. Where's the EPA when we need them?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 7:57 pm 
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Good ole Scrub Oaks

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