Reduction of Services - Monday May 20th, 2019

The Commissioner of Public Safety, as authorized by the Governor, has announced that due to inclement weather, state agencies may temporarily reduce non-essential services beginning at 1:00 PM on Monday, May 20, 2019 and ending at 11:59 PM on Monday, May 20, 2019 for the following counties: Canadian, Cleveland, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie. State employees designated to maintain basic minimum services (staff essential functions) should remain at work or report to work, as scheduled.

Welcome from the Director

Mary Ann PritchardOklahoma Department of Mines (ODM) is the state agency responsible for ensuring the reclamation of land disturbed by mining operations. The Department regulates the production of coal and non-fuel minerals. The Department is committed to protecting the right of citizens and to the promotion of mining. The Department of Mines enforces and implements various provisions of state and federally-mandated programs in health, safety, mining, and land reclamation practices associated with surface and subsurface mining.

The Department has programs to:

  1. Safeguard human health and safety
  2. Issue permits and inspect all mining operations for land reclamation
  3. Minimize environmental impact to land, air, and water quality
  4. Regulate blasting of a mine site, and
  5. Conduct courses in first aid, mine safety, and accident prevention.

Current Job Vacancies

Announcement Date:
Closing Date:

Mine Inspector II

May 3, 2019

May 26, 2019

Please click on Position for more information regarding the position.


The Oklahoma Department of Mines has received several media and citizen inquiries about sand mining permits (specifically "fracturing" sand) in the Northwestern part of the state.

All mining permits must go through a thorough review process which includes a public notification of the filed mining application in a newpaper of general circulation in the county of the proposed mine. (Click HERE for the list of companies and their locations authorized to run public notice)

The Department of Mines staff will be more than willing to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have about any active mines or proposed mines.

You may reach out to the Administrator of Minerals Division, Mr. Richard Shore at (405) 427-3859 or by email Richard.Shore@mines.ok.gov

Click HERE to file an Online Citizens Complaint Form.

Non-Coal Permitting Process

Non-Coal Informal Conference ProcessHow To File A Citizen Complaint

Mining Sites

Historic Underground Mining Maps

Click to view our Historic Underground Mining Maps