Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, OSMRE is responsible for protecting society and the environment from adverse effects of surface coal mining.
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The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) is a bureau within the United States Department of the Interior responsible for protecting society and the environment from the adverse effects of surface coal mining operations.

Mission: Our mission is to carry out the requirements of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) in cooperation with States and Tribes. Our primary objectives are to ensure that coal mines are operated in a manner that protects citizens and the environment.

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#TBT In 1979, the Crow Indians were the first Native American tribe to receive #AbandonedMineLand reclamation funding! F...
11/12/2020

#TBT In 1979, the Crow Indians were the first Native American tribe to receive #AbandonedMineLand reclamation funding! For over 40 years, OSMRE has continued these relationships to expand #MineReclamation efforts on tribal lands. #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth

We honor the contributions of all our veterans, especially those who have chosen to join our ranks here in OSMRE and at ...
11/11/2020

We honor the contributions of all our veterans, especially those who have chosen to join our ranks here in OSMRE and at the Department of Interior. Thank you for your service 🙏 #VeteransDay

To the veterans of all branches: Thank you for your sacrifice, your bravery, and the example you set for us all. You tea...
11/11/2020

To the veterans of all branches:

Thank you for your sacrifice, your bravery, and the example you set for us all. You teach us how to lead from the front, to practice principles before personalities, and to always endure.

Thank you for your service. #VeteransDay

Great news for veterans and their families 🙏 and just in time for Veterans Day!
11/10/2020

Great news for veterans and their families 🙏 and just in time for Veterans Day!

To commemorate Veterans Day and honor those who have served in the military, National Park Service entrance fees will be waived for ALL visitors on November 11. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt previously announced that beginning on Veterans Day, Gold Star Families and U.S. military veterans will be granted free access to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas into perpetuity. These areas include our magnificent national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and other lands and waters managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters.

Learn more at https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/veterans-and-gold-star-families-free-access.htm

Image: Sun light streams through the Marine Corps War Memorial on the George Washington Memorial Parkway. NPS/Mark Maloy

#FindYourPark #MilitaryMondayPlus

Stewards OSMRE VISTA Austin Counts served with Appalachian Voices in Norton, Virginia for two years – from June 2018 to ...
11/10/2020

Stewards OSMRE VISTA Austin Counts served with Appalachian Voices in Norton, Virginia for two years – from June 2018 to June 2020. Austin’s project focused on energy savings for Appalachia and aimed to bring solar energy to an area heavily impacted by negative impacts of legacy mining.

Austin’s tenure as a VISTA was impressive, contributing to six different Abandoned Mine Land (AML) related projects. Engaging in a variety of volunteer engagement efforts, Austin managed to bring in over 100 new project beneficiaries and engage hundreds of other community members through outreach events and materials created. Austin did such a great job that after two successful terms as a VISTA, he was brought on full-time at Appalachian Voices

Get involved: https://www.osmre.gov/about/getInvolved.shtm

#AmeriCorpsVISTA #OSMREnextGen

#InTheNews 📰New report: Reclaiming mine lands to restore the land quality can create 1000s+ more jobs in near future for...
11/09/2020
Cleaning up coal mines could create more jobs, updated report finds

#InTheNews 📰

New report: Reclaiming mine lands to restore the land quality can create 1000s+ more jobs in near future for former miners! Opportunities are endless when it comes to balancing energy needs with environmental conservation! #SMCRA77

https://trib.com/business/energy/cleaning-up-coal-mines-could-create-more-jobs-updated-report-finds/article_fe7f38eb-ae0d-521d-9080-1a0023e9e1ea.html

Cleaning up coal mines across the West could generate approximately 6,000 and 12,000 full-time equivalent jobs, including 5,100 job-years in Wyoming alone, over a two to three-year time frame.

#DYK that one-third of all US coal reserves are on tribal lands? Balancing the importance of environmental protection an...
11/09/2020

#DYK that one-third of all US coal reserves are on tribal lands? Balancing the importance of environmental protection and the needs of US energy production would not be possible without the efforts of our Native American citizens. #SMCRA77 #NAHM2020 #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth

We join National Park Service in celebrating #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth by exploring, learning, and sharing the contri...
11/06/2020

We join National Park Service in celebrating #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth by exploring, learning, and sharing the contributions of our nation's indigenous people #NAHM2020

The National Park Service November 2020 Monthly Theme is “Native American Heritage Month”. This month, we will explore the heritage, culture, and experience of indigenous peoples both historically and in American life today. Petrified Forest National Park is in a region with many different indigenous cultures, past and present. #IndigenousHeritage #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

Image: Ancestral Puebloan petroglyphs at Puerco Pueblo. Credit NPS/Larry Lindahl.

How many of these lands have you visited? Our bucket list is growing! #NNAHM #NAHM2020 To help us celebrate #NativeAmeri...
11/06/2020
10 Public Lands with Powerful Native American Connections

How many of these lands have you visited? Our bucket list is growing! #NNAHM #NAHM2020

To help us celebrate #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, read the blog from U.S. Department of the Interior public lands with powerful Native American connections: http://ow.ly/zbPC50CdyVy

Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month throughout November.

#InTheNews 📰"More than 20 acres of land that was once covered in black and red coal refuse is now a broad green landscap...
11/06/2020

#InTheNews 📰

"More than 20 acres of land that was once covered in black and red coal refuse is now a broad green landscape that includes a multi-use recreation trail to help promote tourism in the area."

18-months later...and thanks to $2million in funding from OSMRE, these 20 acres are looking much different today. The freshly reclaimed land hopes to attract 75K+ visitors each year!

Thanks The Daily American for the feature - read the full #AbandonedMineLand success story here: http://ow.ly/LdLV50CcJFd

November is nationally recognized as #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth as a way to celebrate the achievements, culture, and t...
11/05/2020

November is nationally recognized as #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth as a way to celebrate the achievements, culture, and traditions of our Native American citizens. All month we will be highlighting the contributions of these citizens to OSMRE and to upholding #SMCRA77 #NAHM2020

#ICYMI this week, we shared information on the importance of bats and the efforts by OSMRE and our partners to protect t...
10/30/2020

#ICYMI this week, we shared information on the importance of bats and the efforts by OSMRE and our partners to protect threatened and endangered species 🦇 #OSMRElovesBats #BatWeek2020 #DOIDelivers

Learn more about bats and OSMRE at https://www.osmre.gov/programs/tdt/bats.shtm

Some bats have BIG ears! This helps them echolocate (ie. sense the echo of the sound waves they emit). The ears also hel...
10/30/2020

Some bats have BIG ears! This helps them echolocate (ie. sense the echo of the sound waves they emit). The ears also help the bats generate more lift power when flying. Not to mention, these big eared bats are darn cute!

Bats are everywhere! Highly adaptable and extremely diverse, bats total ~20% of the global mammal population. They love ...
10/29/2020

Bats are everywhere! Highly adaptable and extremely diverse, bats total ~20% of the global mammal population. They love to frequent #AbandonedMineLands which is why they are so important to OSMRE 🦇 It's hard to pick our favorite but this gray bat sure brightened our day!

Unfortunately, white-nose syndrome (a fungal disease that affects bats) has caused a decline in bat species across the U...
10/29/2020

Unfortunately, white-nose syndrome (a fungal disease that affects bats) has caused a decline in bat species across the United States, including states with ongoing mining activities. When these endangered bats are encountered at mine sites, @OSMRE works with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and stakeholders to ensure mining activities do not negatively impact the bats or their habitats. #BatWeek #OSMRElovesBats

Want to learn more about OSMRE efforts to protect bats from white-nose syndrome:? Check out this information on bat conservation: http://ow.ly/gEdD50C661r.

IN THE NEWS 📰Big progress has been made at the #MineReclamation site off Hickman Avenue in Fulton, Missouri.  Congrats -...
10/28/2020
Fulton mine reclamation project nears completion

IN THE NEWS 📰

Big progress has been made at the #MineReclamation site off Hickman Avenue in Fulton, Missouri. Congrats - and we look forward to checking out the finished product!

https://www.newstribune.com/news/local/story/2020/oct/27/fulton-mine-reclamation-project-nears-completion/846820/

Right now, the mine reclamation site just off Hickman Avenue in Fulton is an 8-acre swath of mud.That’s a big improvement over its previous unsafe state, said Austin Rehagen, of the Department of Natural Resources’ Land Reclamation Program.

Each bat species has a unique sound profile, which can be heard and seen when the recordings are processed. Check out th...
10/28/2020

Each bat species has a unique sound profile, which can be heard and seen when the recordings are processed. Check out this sonogram from a brown bat 🦇 #BatWeek #OSMRElovesBats

OSMRE explores the best and most efficient sampling methods to survey bats. Techniques include acoustic monitoring, mist...
10/28/2020

OSMRE explores the best and most efficient sampling methods to survey bats. Techniques include acoustic monitoring, mist netting, and audio recordings. We share this work with partners to assist with their bat surveying needs 🦇 #BatWeek #OSMRElovesBats

Alabama Department of Labor won the 2020 Small Project #AbandonedMineLand Award for mitigating open mine portal hazards....
10/28/2020

Alabama Department of Labor won the 2020 Small Project #AbandonedMineLand Award for mitigating open mine portal hazards. The project removed portals that endangered humans AND it saved the habitat for 600 Tricolor bats #BatWeek2020 Watch the project video here: http://ow.ly/I51f50BnrGK

Designing a bat gate is no easy feat! You have to consider the geography of the mine opening and the species of bats (as...
10/28/2020

Designing a bat gate is no easy feat! You have to consider the geography of the mine opening and the species of bats (as well as other animals) that need unrestricted access. The gate keeps people out, allowing bats to hibernate undisturbed. #BatWeek #OSMRElovesBats

DYK? Much of OSMRE’s work helps to protect bats and their habitats!  From developing best practices to surveying habitat...
10/27/2020

DYK? Much of OSMRE’s work helps to protect bats and their habitats! From developing best practices to surveying habitats to supporting research, check out the infographic below and learn more about OSMRE bat conservation here: http://ow.ly/vAlM50C39HE 🦇 #BatWeek #OSMRElovesBats

It’s official! U.S. Department of the Interior  Secretary David Bernhardt has signed the NEW Office of Surface Mining Re...
10/27/2020

It’s official!

U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has signed the NEW Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Ten-Day Notice rule into regulations. This new rule directs OSM to cooperate more closely with states and tribes when looking into potential violations.

Deputy Secretary MacGregor announced the signing in OHIO! #DOIDelivers

Read the release to learn more: http://ow.ly/ZlDl50C3U5k

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection extended a ...
10/27/2020
Federal, state, local officials celebrate removal of South Fork coal waste pile, opening of new trail segment

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection extended a segment of the Path of the Flood Trail in South Fork PA. DepSec Kate MacGregor and OSM’s Lanny E. Erdos helped cut the ribbon at the Stineman mine reclamation.

Collaboration = Stronger Communities! #MineReclamation

Read the full story here: http://ow.ly/jykg50C3Ma2

Federal and state officials joined local leaders Monday in South Fork to celebrate the removal of more than 200,000 cubic yards of coal waste from a hillside overlooking the borough

Happy #BatWeek from OSMRE! 🦇 #OSMRELovesBats
10/26/2020

Happy #BatWeek from OSMRE! 🦇 #OSMRELovesBats

ICYMI: The OSM Watershed Cooperative Agreement Program has cleaned up more acid mine drainage than any other program in ...
10/23/2020
Erdos: OSM’s grants for water quality increase opportunities for recreational access and provide economic benefits to local communities

ICYMI: The OSM Watershed Cooperative Agreement Program has cleaned up more acid mine drainage than any other program in the nation. OSM has awarded $25.7 million in funding through approximately 300 cooperative agreements. But our partners have multiplied this funding by 250% to expand the impact of clean water projects – all while keeping the cost to taxpayers low! Learn more: http://ow.ly/kaVC50BXBIS

By Lanny E. Erdos

They may be cold-blooded, but reptiles hold a warm place in our hearts even when it isn't Reptile Awareness Day! Which i...
10/21/2020

They may be cold-blooded, but reptiles hold a warm place in our hearts even when it isn't Reptile Awareness Day! Which is why we balancing our nations energy needs with environmental preservation is the basis of two of our major programs. Read more: https://www.osmre.gov/programs.shtm

IN THE NEWS 📰 OSM Principal Deputy Director shares insight on the Watershed Cooperative Agreement Program, which provide...
10/20/2020
Erdos: OSM’s grants for water quality increase opportunities for recreational access and provide economic benefits to local communities

IN THE NEWS 📰

OSM Principal Deputy Director shares insight on the Watershed Cooperative Agreement Program, which provides financial assistance to nonprofit organizations for the construction of acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment facilities. These clean-up projects help to restore the biological health of local streams and they also increase recreational access and economic benefits in local communities. http://ow.ly/pHV550BXBAi

By Lanny E. Erdos

Check out this little piece of OSMRE history!
10/19/2020

Check out this little piece of OSMRE history!

Congratulations to Wolf Run Mining, LLC’s Leer South Mine Complex for receiving the 2020 Good Neighbor Award for Excelle...
10/15/2020

Congratulations to Wolf Run Mining, LLC’s Leer South Mine Complex for receiving the 2020 Good Neighbor Award for Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation 🎖️

Learn more during the virtual award ceremony, streaming now on our YouTube channel: http://ow.ly/A1WL50BTdcw

Congratulations to Navajo Transitional Energy Company for receiving the 2020 National Award for Excellence in Surface Co...
10/15/2020

Congratulations to Navajo Transitional Energy Company for receiving the 2020 National Award for Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation 🎖️

Learn more about their #MineReclamation projects during the virtual award ceremony, streaming now on our YouTube channel: http://ow.ly/VfMY50BTd8k

STARTING NOW 🏆 The 2020 Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Virtual Awards Ceremony is STREAMING on our Youtub...
10/15/2020

STARTING NOW 🏆

The 2020 Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Virtual Awards Ceremony is STREAMING on our Youtube channel! Make sure to drop a comment and share your thoughts on these programs.

Join the virtual ceremony here: http://ow.ly/BhOH50BTd2u

COUNTDOWN BEGINS ⏰ Join us at 2PM ET on YouTube for the 2020 Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Virtual Award...
10/15/2020

COUNTDOWN BEGINS ⏰ Join us at 2PM ET on YouTube for the 2020 Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Virtual Awards Ceremony. These projects combine sound mining with #MineReclamation practices.

Virtual ceremony streams here on YouTube at 2PM: https://www.youtube.com/osmre

Today at 2PM, on our YouTube channel, OSMRE honors the 2020 recipients of the Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamat...
10/15/2020

Today at 2PM, on our YouTube channel, OSMRE honors the 2020 recipients of the Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Award. Congratulations to the 2020 Award winners: Navajo Transitional Energy Company and Wolf Run Mining, LLC 🏆

Ceremony streams on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV5JfFNp0fW0k5FZKOYIkhA

#MineReclamation projects that receive the Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Award achieve superior results,...
10/14/2020

#MineReclamation projects that receive the Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Award achieve superior results, returning a site to productive use after mining activity. Learn about the 2020 winners during our ceremony TOMORROW at 2PM on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV5JfFNp0fW0k5FZKOYIkhA

YOU'RE INVITED Join us TOMORROW at 2PM on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV5JfFNp0fW0k5FZKOYIkhA) as we honor...
10/14/2020

YOU'RE INVITED

Join us TOMORROW at 2PM on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV5JfFNp0fW0k5FZKOYIkhA) as we honor the Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Award winners 🏅

These #MineReclamation projects achieve superior
results by returning a site to productive use after mining activity.

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OSMRE is a bureau within the United States Department of the Interior responsible for protecting society and the environment from the adverse effects of surface coal mining operations. Under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, OSMRE is charged with balancing the nation’s need for continued domestic coal production with protection of the environment.

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This is what is happening since our Well is unhooked and no longer pumping water out. This is Above our house the local dam ppl fish & Swim in.
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Senator Shelley Moore Capito I have contacted your offices about our water issue. My state Senator Joe Manchin III cant do much. I have been working with @WV Department of Environmental Protection we are currently getting water delivered from Pennsylvania Dean's Water Supply to west virginia that isn't drinkable. It only helps with not clogging our washer & bathing.We buy water to cook & drink. Our clothes still stain even though we were provided new water. We also use a Filtration system for this water they deliver which is nasty tasting cause of the plastic container. We are wanting Lexington Coal Company to put in a permanent water line & pay our water bills for life via The Town Of Newburg,wv . It has been a year.I started this process because my Mother is on the Government Aged & Disabled Waiver Program. The Town of Newburg, West Virginia is waiting for a new Proposal that make sense.The Coal Company is putting it off. There have been several The Dominion Post newpaper articles.
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