Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Division

ABOUT

The mission of the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation Program is to protect lives, repair scarred land and improve the environment.

PROJECT SELECTIOn PROGRAM

The purpose of reclaiming abandoned mine land is to preserve public health and safety. Projects are selected on the basis of the potential danger they pose.

AML EMERGENCY PROGRAM

An AML emergency is a sudden danger or impairment at a site that has a likelihood of harming someone.

To report a potential emergency to the OCC AML Division, contact 918.441.2582.

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Shown in the background is a piece of land on a completed reclamation project. This coal came from that land.

HELPFUL INFORMATION

Reauthorization of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act

Funding for future abandoned mine land work in Oklahoma is dependent on the reclamation fee paid by coal operators on every ton of coal that is mined.  The authority to collect this fee expired in September 2021, hence the importance and time-sensitivity of passing legislation now to ensure ongoing funding for this vital work. Congressman Markwayne Mullin, Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District, has co-sponsored H.R. 1734 in support of reauthorization.

The mission of Oklahoma’s  Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program is to protect lives, repair scarred land and improve the environment. Twenty-six (26) known deaths have occurred in the state on abandoned coal mines.  Oklahoma has over $120 million in reclamation that needs to be addressed and receives only $3 million per year. If the Act is not reauthorized, Oklahoma will have millions of dollars of hazardous abandoned coal mine sites left unreclaimed. 

AML ACHIEVEMENTS AND HIGHLIGHTS

See how our AML Programs are making our land safe with our achievements and highlights.

AML Coal Regions

To view the address or phone number of a conservation district,
go to the Conservation District Directory.

AML Hazards

Abandoned mines can pose hazards that could endanger the public. Such hazards include:

  • Dangerous Highwall
  • Hazardous Water Body
  • Industrial/Residential Waste
  • Hazardous Equipment or Facilities
  • Subsidence
  • Acid Mine Drainage
  • Gob Piles
  • Clogged Stream
  • Portal
  • Vertical Opening

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