Abandoned Mine Land
Abandoned mine land (AML) emergencies are hazards that occur suddenly and present an immediate threat to public health, safety or general welfare. They are caused by abandoned underground or surface coal mines and need immediate attention.
Emergency problems may include:
- open subsidence, portals or shafts
- subsidence that has damaged occupied structures
- landslides that are blocking roadways or streams or are damaging structures
- coal waste fires or underground mine fires near houses, roadways or populated areas
Report AML emergency events to one of the following offices:
Blue Rock (southern Ohio) - Todd Crum, (740) 674-4035
Cambridge (northern Ohio) - Roger Heskett, (740) 439-9079
Columbus (state headquarters) - Tim Jackson, (614) 265-6633
What to Report:
- your name, telephone number, address, county, township, and a description of the problem
- directions to the problem site, and the name and telephone number of any other person(s) who is knowledgeable about the emergency problem
- when the event occurred
- if any other events have occurred in this area
- if any other agencies have been contacted
Non-emergency AML Problems
For any AML event that is of concern but does not pose an immediate threat, report problem to:
Abandoned Mine Land Program, Benny McCament, (740) 274-4947
The Abandoned Mine Land Program can only fix hazards caused by mines that were abandoned prior to August 3, 1977; between August 4, 1977 and August 16, 1982 where performance security is not sufficient to provide for adequate reclamation; or between August 4, 1977 and November 5, 1990 where the surety of the mining operator became insolvent and no money was available from the proceedings to provide for adequate reclamation. Hazards from active mines or mining that occurred after the above time periods do not qualify under the AML program but can be reported to the nearest DMRM regional office.
Mine Operators Only
In the event of a serious mine emergency, serious accident, fatality, or when in need of a mine rescue team:
Ohio Emergency Operations Center (Ohio EOC) - (614) 799-9538
Mine/Miner Emergency & MSHA Notification
Any required Notification to MSHA requires simultaneous notification to the State Mine Safety Program. Some events/incidents may not be emergencies but notification is still required in certain situations as listed in the Code of Federal Regulations.
Non-emergency Mine Notifications
Howard Dyer, Manager Ohio Mine Safety Program Division of Mineral Resources Management (740) 412-1226 work cell (740) 491-7920 personal cell
Mine Safety Training Center 43024 Industrial Park Road Cadiz, OH 43907 (740) 942-9150
Russell Byers, (Underground) Mine Safety Supervisor Ohio Mine Safety Program Division of Mineral Resources Management (740) 491-2725 work cell (740) 491-0194 personal cell
Michael Doane, (Surface) Mine Safety Supervisor Ohio Mine Safety Program Division of Mineral Resources Management (740) 491-4187 work cell (740) 491-2906 personal cell
Industrial Minerals or Coal Mining Emergencies
For any mining-related safety hazard that may be life-threatening, including sink holes or subsidence, call 911.
For other non-threatening issues, call the appropriate DMRM regional office.