WV EPA WILL ALLOW CONSOL COAL TO CONTINUE PRACTICES - Mine Water Likely Killed All Aquatic Life In Dunkard Creek (12/11/2009) The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is planning on letting Consol Energy resume pumping coal mine water into Dunkard Creek. Officials say that practice had been stopped after a September kill of virtually all aquatic life in Dunkard Creek near Morgantown. The EPA says golden algae has killed tens of thousands of fish, mussels and other aquatic life in nearly the entire 43-mile length of Dunkard Creek that goes through Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Pittsburgh-based Consol Coal is saying that water in the Blacksville No. 2 mine is approaching critical levels, and it's worried about the safety of underground miners. Pennsylvania officials says pollution, likely from treated mine water, helped the algae flourish, leading to the kill.