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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Interested in applying for a Watershed Cooperative Agreement? If you are an academic, watershed or other non-profit orga...
01/13/2021

Interested in applying for a Watershed Cooperative Agreement? If you are an academic, watershed or other non-profit organization, you may be eligible for funding! 💦 Learn more:https://www.osmre.gov/lrg/fam/6-200.pdf

#DYK the Mine Drainage Technology Initiative provides a forum for collaboration to identify best practices for mine drai...
01/12/2021

#DYK the Mine Drainage Technology Initiative provides a forum for collaboration to identify best practices for mine drainage remediation practices. #TerminologyTuesday

Learn more about the initiative here: https://www.osmre.gov/programs/tdt/adti.shtm

Looking to update your technical skills? 📚 Participate in one of the OSMRE training programs! Nomination periods for the...
01/08/2021

Looking to update your technical skills? 📚 Participate in one of the OSMRE training programs! Nomination periods for the first round of courses closes soon. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/Fr8y50CWtJ2

#InTheNews 📰Nenahnezad Chapter, in partnership with the Navajo Aml Umtra, sought to enhance the area for outdoor recreat...
01/08/2021

#InTheNews 📰

Nenahnezad Chapter, in partnership with the Navajo Aml Umtra, sought to enhance the area for outdoor recreational use. Nenanhnezad now welcomes a recreational trail along San Juan River!

Read The Daily Times story: http://ow.ly/wrF450D1Hu9

#InTheNews 📰The Daily Item reports: Four projects were awarded $1.5+ million in Growing Greener Grants to fund local wat...
01/06/2021
$1.5M in grants to help water projects

#InTheNews 📰

The Daily Item reports: Four projects were awarded $1.5+ million in Growing Greener Grants to fund local water quality improvement projects across Pennsylvania . These funds restore watersheds through abandoned mine reclamation.

Learn more: https://www.dailyitem.com/news/local_news/1-5m-in-grants-to-help-water-projects/article_1a4dcb3e-16bc-5267-be0d-b73c3c55b2fc.html

Four projects that Montour, Northumberland and Snyder counties will benefit from were awarded more than $1.5 million in Growing Greener Grants to help fund local water quality improvement projects across

The Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative is working to restore forests on mined lands.  Starting in 2004, ARRI ...
01/06/2021

The Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative is working to restore forests on mined lands. Starting in 2004, ARRI brought together academia, citizens, industry, local and state governments, and created the #ForestryReclamationApproach. Learn more: https://arri.osmre.gov/

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals & Energy
01/06/2021

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals & Energy

On this #MappingMonday, check out this map from our friends at Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. Doc# 380326 is the No. 02021 Mine in Wise County, #Virginia, from 1966. #DMME

The Applied Science Program funds the development of new reclamation technology. This program is key to addressing envir...
01/05/2021

The Applied Science Program funds the development of new reclamation technology. This program is key to addressing environmental issues and returning land to its original pre-mining conditions. 🔬 Learn more here: https://www.osmre.gov/programs/TDT/appliedscience.shtm

Oh, what a year! Anyone else wonder how Billy Joel would summarize this one? Whether we enter excitedly or with caution,...
12/31/2020

Oh, what a year! Anyone else wonder how Billy Joel would summarize this one? Whether we enter excitedly or with caution, here's to another year of memories. Stay safe! #NewYearsEve

In FY19, @FriendsofCheat received a #WatershedCooperativeAgreement grant for $131K+ to mitigate #AcidMineDrainage in Wes...
12/30/2020

In FY19, @FriendsofCheat received a #WatershedCooperativeAgreement grant for $131K+ to mitigate #AcidMineDrainage in West Virginia’s Sandy Creek Watershed. The project, near completion, is already improving water quality! #WatershedWednesday

From ARCGIS analysis to forensic hydrology to underground mining, OSMRE has got you covered! Upgrade your technical skil...
12/29/2020

From ARCGIS analysis to forensic hydrology to underground mining, OSMRE has got you covered! Upgrade your technical skills with OSMRE’s training program. Check out the 2021 training schedule here: https://www.osmre.gov/programs/training.shtm

May the spirit of Christmas bring you and your family hope, happiness, and joy this year 🎄 #MerryChristmas
12/25/2020

May the spirit of Christmas bring you and your family hope, happiness, and joy this year 🎄 #MerryChristmas

2020 has challenged everyone, but it’s also provided a number of successes and surprises. Here are some of our favorite ...
12/24/2020

2020 has challenged everyone, but it’s also provided a number of successes and surprises. Here are some of our favorite photos from the year. Thank you to our state and tribal partners who continue to move our mission forward! #TBT

The OSMRE regional office in Denver, CO administers programs from the Rocky Mountains to the West Coast. Do you live in ...
12/23/2020

The OSMRE regional office in Denver, CO administers programs from the Rocky Mountains to the West Coast. Do you live in one of these states? Learn what is happening in your region: https://www.wrcc.osmre.gov/index.shtm

OSMRE's training program helps to refresh skills and stay current with the latest tech! One supervisor describes it as “...
12/22/2020

OSMRE's training program helps to refresh skills and stay current with the latest tech! One supervisor describes it as “a valuable opportunity” to learn best practices 📖

Read more testimonials here: https://www.osmre.gov/programs/training.shtm

The #WinterSolstice is upon us! How ever you are celebrating this year, we wish you all a #HappyHoliday season ❄️
12/21/2020

The #WinterSolstice is upon us! How ever you are celebrating this year, we wish you all a #HappyHoliday season ❄️

#InTheNews 📰“This AML grant is another solid building block for job creation and a healthier future [...to] create a bet...
12/18/2020
EastPark receives $1.5M in Abandoned Mine Lands funding

#InTheNews 📰

“This AML grant is another solid building block for job creation and a healthier future [...to] create a better commonwealth for all Kentuckians,” said Governor Beshear

Here's to another #AbandonedMineLand success in the making! 👏👏👏

https://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/eastpark-receives-1-5m-in-abandoned-mine-lands-funding/article_16002ef7-c0a0-58ad-9a02-d1cd31b29aed.html

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A $1.5 million Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Pilot program grant has been awarded to the EastPark Industrial Park in Greenup and Boyd counties for site work linked

#DYK that OSMRE collaborates with states and tribes to provide #MineReclamation training? The program educates 100s of s...
12/17/2020

#DYK that OSMRE collaborates with states and tribes to provide #MineReclamation training? The program educates 100s of students annually on cutting-edge science. View the 2021 training schedule here: https://www.osmre.gov/programs/training.shtm

With funding from the #WatershedCooperativeAgreement program, an Iowa NGO was able to eliminate #AcidMineDrainage throug...
12/16/2020

With funding from the #WatershedCooperativeAgreement program, an Iowa NGO was able to eliminate #AcidMineDrainage through neutralization and seeding activities #WatershedWednesday

The #WaterShedCooperativeAgreement Program assists small watershed organizations to complete #AcidMineDrainage reclamati...
12/16/2020

The #WaterShedCooperativeAgreement Program assists small watershed organizations to complete #AcidMineDrainage reclamation projects. Learn more here: #WatershedWednesday

The OSMRE regional offices in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Alabama administer programs throughout America's heartla...
12/14/2020

The OSMRE regional offices in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Alabama administer programs throughout America's heartland. Do you live in one of these states? Learn what is happening in your region: https://www.mcrcc.osmre.gov/index.shtm

#ICYMI U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Bernhardt signed the Ten-Day Notice rule into regulations. By requiring...
12/10/2020

#ICYMI U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Bernhardt signed the Ten-Day Notice rule into regulations. By requiring timely, direct coordination with states, the new rule saves time and eliminates duplicative efforts resulting in a more effective implementation of #SMCRA

Learn more:https://www.osmre.gov/resources/newsroom/News/2020/102720_OSM_TDNRule_Announced_DepSec.pdf

To all those celebrating: we wish you peace, blessings, and joy during this holiday season! #HappyHanukkah 🕎
12/10/2020

To all those celebrating: we wish you peace, blessings, and joy during this holiday season! #HappyHanukkah 🕎

OSMRE provides millions in #WatershedCooperativeAgreement grants to local organizations restore water quality. The Frien...
12/09/2020

OSMRE provides millions in #WatershedCooperativeAgreement grants to local organizations restore water quality. The Friends of the Cheat used their funds to restore the Cheat River, severely impacted by #AcidMineDrainage, into a popular fishing spot #WatershedWednesday

The OSMRE regional office in Pittsburgh, PA administers programs from the Appalachian Mountains to the East Coast. Do yo...
12/09/2020

The OSMRE regional office in Pittsburgh, PA administers programs from the Appalachian Mountains to the East Coast. Do you live in one of these states? Learn what is happening in your region: https://www.arcc.osmre.gov/index.shtm

#DYK that OSMRE provides funding for cooperative agreements to non-profit watershed restoration groups? #WatershedWednes...
12/09/2020

#DYK that OSMRE provides funding for cooperative agreements to non-profit watershed restoration groups? #WatershedWednesday

Learn about the #WatershedCooperativeAgreement Program here: http://ow.ly/fqqY50CyEsZ

In Monongah, West Virginia, on the 6th of December 1907, an explosion occurred in Fairmont Coal Company’s no. 6 and no. ...
12/06/2020

In Monongah, West Virginia, on the 6th of December 1907, an explosion occurred in Fairmont Coal Company’s no. 6 and no. 8 mines. At the time of the explosion, there were officially 367 men in the two mines. The actual number however is known as it was common practice for registered workers to bring their children and other relatives to assist their work. Most workers were killed instantly during the explosion.

The Monongah mining disaster is known as the worst mining disaster in American history. To recognize the contributions of not only these miners, who paid the ultimate sacrifice, but also to those who continue to provide for our nation, Congress designated December 6th as #NationalMinersDay - This is a national holiday in appreciation, honor, and remembrance of the accomplishments and sacrifices of the miners of our nation #ThankAMiner

Today is #NationalMinersDay so let's all #ThankAMiner for their continual efforts to provide our nation with affordable ...
12/06/2020

Today is #NationalMinersDay so let's all #ThankAMiner for their continual efforts to provide our nation with affordable and reliable electricity.

In 1917, President Wilson called on miners to power the US military through WWI – his proclamation over 100 years ago st...
12/05/2020

In 1917, President Wilson called on miners to power the US military through WWI – his proclamation over 100 years ago still rings true today #ThankAMiner #NationalMinersDay

The US produced over 700MMst of coal last year - want more #CoalMining data? Head over to @EIAgov for the full scoop on ...
12/05/2020

The US produced over 700MMst of coal last year - want more #CoalMining data? Head over to @EIAgov for the full scoop on production, shipments, consumption, prices and more: http://ow.ly/tDUF50CyBkN.

Meet the new boss – same as the old boss! Congratulations to Director Lanny E. Erdos, confirmed as the 11th person to ho...
12/04/2020
U.S. Senate Confirms Lanny Erdos as Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

Meet the new boss – same as the old boss! Congratulations to Director Lanny E. Erdos, confirmed as the 11th person to hold the position in OSM history. He previously served as the bureau’s Principal Deputy Director. https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/us-senate-confirms-lanny-erdos-director-OSMRE

Today, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to confirm Lanny Erdos as Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). Mr. Erdos has served as the Principal Deputy Director exercising the delegated authority of the Director of the OSMRE since 2019.

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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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