Coal Program FAQs

How many coal mines are there in the state?

Since its inception, the Coal Program has issued 68 permits for coal mining operations.  Of those:

  • Six sites are producing coal; four are underground mines, two are surface mines.
  • Three sites are active but currently not producing coal.
  • There are two active loadout sites.
  • Ten sites are being reclaimed or have been reclaimed and are awaiting bond release.
  • Twenty-eight sites have been reclaimed and the bond has been released.
  • Four sites are in temporary cessation.
  • Fifteen permits have been revoked and the sites have been reclaimed by the Division.  DRMS jurisdiction has been terminated on twelve of those sites.
Photo of main facilities area at Bowie No. 2 MineHow do I contact the operator of a coal mine?

Contact information for coal mines is posted on signs at the entrance to all mine sites, and is also available by querying our database.

Who do I contact at the Division regarding a coal mine?

Lead specialists are assigned to all permitted coal mines; click here for current assignments.  Click here for Division personnel contact information.