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.


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