What is GeoMine and what is the Interagency Appalachian GeoMine Pilot Project?
GeoMine is envisioned to be an interactive web-based digital map of coal mining and reclamation activities in the United States.
GeoMine is a web-based Viewer (GeoMine Viewer) developed by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) in collaboration with the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Army Corps of Engineers (ACE), and coal mining regulatory authorities in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. GeoMine supports the decision-making processes associated with surface coal mining activities by improving accessibility to data, improving the timely delivery of authoritative information, and enhancing understanding of geospatial data at various scales.
GeoMine creates seamless map layers of coal mining and reclamation activities across state boundaries. The map layers created by GeoMine include authoritative associated data, and for the seven SMCRA state layers and eleven Federal agency layers the GeoMine Viewer is a “one-stop-shop” for this unique collection of coal-mining-related data. GeoMine contributes coal mining-related data, but does not serve as the sole source of the host of data needed for CWA, SMCRA, and ESA determinations and decisions by the state and Federal agencies tasked with these responsibilities.
The GeoMine Pilot Project (Pilot Project) was established to investigate new technologies to share the geospatial data collected and used by individual agencies involved in regulation of coal mining. The technical decisions required under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) and the Clean Water Act of 1972 (CWA) permitting processes, and decisions and consultations involving the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) are based on the best available scientific data, and geospatially-enabled data provide for more effective and efficient decision-making.