Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Division
The mission of the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation Program is to protect the public from hazards left as a result of past coal mining practices.
The primary objective of the AML Program is to reclaim surface and underground coal mine sites abandoned prior to August 3, 1977, and that pose the highest threat to the public's health, safety, and general welfare.
This program is 100 percent federally funded from tax on active coal mine production.
The AML Program is coordinated with 16 local conservation districts with particular emphasis placed on the public's involvement in identifying hazardous AML sites.
For more information, please refer to the following pages:
AML Background Information
AML Project Selection
AML Emergency Program
AML Achievements and Highlights
AML Coal Regions
AML - Oklahoma's Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program (brochure)
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 this is mined. The authority to collect this fee will expire 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. 4248 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.
Below are links to more information concerning reauthorization: