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Maryland State Government Maryland Department of the Environment

Mining Program

The mission of the Mining Program is to protect the public and the environment from the potential impacts of active mining; and to promote the restoration and enhancement of active and abandoned mine land and water resources.

Two divisions within the Mining Program permit and regulate mining activity in the state of Maryland:

  • Minerals, Oil, and Gas
  • Bureau of Mines

Active Mining Sites

Reclaimed Sites
Both divisions oversee the reclamation of mine sites to ensure that no adverse environmental/public impacts occur.

Maryland Bureau of Mines
160 S. Water Street
Frostburg, MD 21532

Minerals, Oil & Gas Division
1800 Washington Blvd, Ste 655
Baltimore, MD 21230


Coal Mining Non-Coal Mining Oil & Gas
COMAR 26.20 - Regulations COMAR 26.21 - Regulations COMAR 26.19 - Regulations
Maryland Environmental Law: Coal  Maryland Environmental Law: Non-Coal  Maryland Environmental Law: Oil & Gas
Permit Applications Permit Applications Permit Applications


Safety is primarily the responsibility of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) for inspections of all mine sites in Maryland. The Mining Program receives a grant from MSHA to provide miner safety training in both coal and non-coal mining. MSHA does the actual on site safety inspections and responds to emergency injury situations. The Mining Program may provide assistance to MSHA as needed in times of injury or fatality situations.

For information in relation to mining safety, please visit MSHA's website.

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