Pennsylvania DEP Secretary Highlights Benefits, Lower Rates of Mine Subsidence Insurance Coverage
More Than One Million Homes in PA Sit Atop Abandoned Underground Mines
Hanger joined local officials for a visit to
“The Department of Environmental Protection has responded to thousands of abandoned mine subsidence events throughout western
“Now, with our new, lower rates and other program improvements, it’s easier and more affordable than ever to obtain that level of reassurance. There is no reason why home and business owners should not insure their property against the potential catastrophic damage caused by mine subsidence.”
The Char-Belle Free Methodist Church was damaged when abandoned mine workings approximately 50 feet underground collapsed in
The federal Office of Surface Mining injected grout into the mine void as part of an emergency stabilization project shortly after the collapse to prevent further subsidence.
Hanger stressed that because so many underground mine voids exist throughout
“The department estimates that 1 million homes and businesses sit atop abandoned underground mines, yet most standard homeowner policies do not cover damage caused by mine subsidence,” Hanger said. “We have expanded available coverage to include sidewalks, driveways, retaining walls, in-ground pools and other types of property and now give property owners the option to purchase mine subsidence insurance by phone, through their local insurance agent or online with a credit card.”
The average residential policy is valued at
The Mine Subsidence Insurance Fund paid out more than
Property owners can apply for mine subsidence insurance directly from DEP by phone at 800-922-1678 or online at www.pamsi.org. The Web site contains information on subsidence issues and insurance program coverage.
CONTACT: Helen Humphreys (412) 442-4183 (412) 417-7943 (cell)
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection