Office of Conservation
Injection & Mining Division >> Surface Mining Section
Surface Mining Section
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The Section's primary objectives are to ensure that coal mines are operated in a manner that protects citizens and the environment during coal mining and assures that the land is restored to beneficial use following coal mining, and to mitigate the effects of past mining through reclamation of abandoned mines. It operates under the requirements of the Louisiana Surface Mining and Reclamation Act and the Louisiana Surface Mining Regulations. To carry out this mission, the Section is divided into the following two Programs.
The Surface Mining Regulatory Program has exclusive jurisdiction over all aspects of surface coal mining and reclamation operations, with oversight from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining. Although the Surface Mining Regulatory Program does not have regulatory authority to permit solid minerals (including sand and gravel) mines, we encourage anyone interested in operating a non-coal mine in the state of Louisiana to refer to the Non-Coal Mining Information page for important information.
The Abandoned Mine Lands Program was established to identify and reclaim abandoned surface coal mines. In the absence of any abandoned coal mines, the Section focuses on conducting inventory surveys and reclamation planning of non-coal mines, such as abandoned sand and gravel sites.
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|Oxbow Lignite Mine, Armistead, LA
The dragline (background) at the Oxbow Lignite Mine in Armistead, LA removes overlying sediment to expose the coal seam. In the foreground, a sedimentation pond collects water to decant excess sediment and provide a water quality monitoring point.