Department of Mines 2022 Updates
The Department of Mines regulates minerals mining in Oklahoma.
Our Tulsa Field Office was permanently closed effective December 31, 2021. Please contact our main office in Oklahoma City at (405) 427-3859.
The Department of Mines no longer regulates coal mining. Questions related to coal mining in Oklahoma should be directed to Joe Maki with the federal Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement at (918) 581-6431.
Our office is open to the public.
For best service, we recommend scheduling an appointment to meet with staff regarding permitting needs and records review.
Please contact us at (405) 427-3859.
You may contact our individual programs and services directly.
Minerals Permitting: (405) 522-9852
Administration or Complaints: (405) 522-9843
Legal Services or Open Records Requests: (405) 522-9840
Production Reporting: (405) 427-3859
Financial Services: (405) 522-9846
Media Inquiries: (405) 439-9574
For Mining Emergencies, please call:
(405) 317-7023 for Richard Shore, Minerals Program Administrator or
(405) 205-8417 for Troy Young, Lead Inspector
Proposed Rule Changes
Welcome from the Director
Oklahoma 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:
- Safeguard human health and safety
- Issue permits and inspect all mining operations for land reclamation
- Minimize environmental impact to land, air, and water quality
- Regulate blasting of a mine site, and
- Conduct courses in first aid, mine safety, and accident prevention.