State List Mining Agencies

The lists below are mainly for surface mining and not “prospecting”.
However, some states combine them and it’s good to know all the info.

Alabama

Alabama Department of Environmental Management – Mining
Alabama Surface Mining Commission

Alaska

Alaska Department of Natural Resources – Mining, Land & Water

Arizona

The Arizona Geological Survey
Arizona State Mine Inspector

Arkansas

Arkansas Geological Survey

California

California State Mining & Geology Board (SMGB)
California Geological Survey
California Office of Mine Reclamation
California Department of Industrial Relations – Mining and Tunneling Unit

Colorado

Colorado Department of Natural Resources – Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety

Florida

Florida Department of Environmental Protection – Mining, Mitigation and Delineation
Florida Geological Survey

Georgia

Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Environmental Protection Division, Surface Mining

Idaho

Idaho Geological Survey – Mines and Minerals
Idaho Department of Lands – Mining Regulation

Illinois

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Mines and Minerals

Indiana

Indiana Department of Labor, Bureau of Mines
Indiana Department of Natural Resources – Active Mining Permits Map

Iowa

Iowa Department of Agriculture – Mines and Minerals Bureau
Iowa Department of Natural Resources – Interactive Coal Mine Map

Kansas

Kansas Department of Health and Environment – Surface Mining Section
Kansas Department of Agriculture – Surface Mining Reclamation

Kentucky

Kentucky Department of Natural Resources – Division of Mine Safety
Kentucky Department of Natural Resources – Division of Mine Permits
Kentucky Mine Mapping Information System

Louisiana

Louisiana Department of Natural Resources – Office of Conservation, Surface Mining Section
Louisiana Department of Natural Resources – Office of Mineral Resources

Maine

Maine Geological Survey – Mining and Quarrying
Maine Department of Environmental Protection – Mining Permits, Licenses and Certifications

Maryland

Maryland Department of the Environment – Mining Program

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development – Mine Safety and Health Program

Michigan

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources – Division of Lands and Minerals
Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) – Mining and Timber
Minnesota Minerals Coordinating Committee

Missouri

Missouri Department of Labor – Mine and Cave Safety
Missouri Department of Natural Resources – Land Reclamation Program
Missouri Department of Natural Resources – Mine Maps

Montana

Montana Department of Environmental Quality – Hard Rock Mining Program
Montana Department of Environmental Quality – Opencut Mining Program
Montana Department of Environmental Quality –Abandoned Mine Lands
Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology

Nevada

Nevada Division of Environmental Protection – Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation
Nevada Department of Business and Industry – Mine Safety and Training Section
Nevada Commission on Mineral Resources – Division of Minerals
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology

New Jersey

State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development – Safety Compliance Unit, Mine Safety
State of New Jersey Department of Health – Silicosis Surveillance and Intervention

New Mexico

New Mexico Department of Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources – Mining and Mineral Division
New Mexico Bureau of Mine Safety

New York

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation – Mining & Reclamation

North Carolina

North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Mining and Energy Commission

North Dakota

North Dakota Geological Survey
North Dakota Department of Trust Lands – Minerals Management Division

Ohio

Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Division of Mineral Resources
Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Mine Maps

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Department of Mines

Oregon

Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries – Mineral Land Regulation & Reclamation

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection – Office of Active and Abandoned Mine Operations
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources – Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey

South Carolina

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control – Mining
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control – Mining and Reclamation Permits and Compliance

South Dakota

South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Minerals and Mining Program

Tennessee

Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation – Mining Information
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development – Mine Safety Division

Texas

Railroad Commission of Texas – Mining & Exploration
Texas Bureau of Economic Geology

Utah

Utah Department of Natural Resources – Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining

Virginia

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

Washington

Washington State Department of Natural Resources – Mining & Minerals

Prospecting Regs and Info

West Virginia

West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection – Division of Mining and Reclamation

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources – Mines, Pits and Quarries
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services – Mine Safety Program

Wyoming

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services – Mines Inspection and Safety
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality – Abandoned Mine Land
Wyoming State Geological Survey