GeoMine is an interactive web-based mapping application of coal mining and reclamation activities within the United States. It is an ongoing effort to provide the best available data for surface coal mining operations across the country, merging data from numerous sources to create standardized, seamless layers that cross state boundaries. The application also includes associated authoritative data from other federal agencies and is capable of ingesting other geospatial data users may require.
This application incorporates recent satellite imagery and allows users to download geospatial data for offline use. GeoMine does not serve as the sole source of the host of data needed by state and federal agencies tasked with making SMCRA or ESA determinations or other decisions; however, it does support decision-making processes associated with surface coal mining activities by improving accessibility to geospatial data and enhancing understanding of individual data layers by visualizing their geographic relationships to one another. The map is updated as state program data are created and made available.
GeoMine is a state and federal inter-agency collaboration that began in August 2009 with the goal of developing and deploying an interactive web map that displays and shares available geospatial coal mining data.
Initial participants included OSMRE, US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Army Corps of Engineers (ACE), coal mining regulatory authorities in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, and the Interstate Mining Compact Commission. Geospatial layers were designed using approved American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Coal Mining and Reclamation Data Standards.
Surface Coal Mining Information in GeoMine (as of July 2019):
- Crow Tribe
- Hopi Tribe
- Navajo Nation
- New Mexico
- North Dakota
- West Virginia
The GeoMine website is found at https://geomine.osmre.gov.