Tulsa Field Office
Arkansas has reserves of bituminous, semi anthracite, and lignite coal. The bituminous and semi anthracite coal reserves are estimated to be about 2.2 billion tons, half of which is considered recoverable. Coal mining has been concentrated in west-central Arkansas. Prior to the 1950s, much of the coal was extracted by underground mining methods. Surface mining then dominated until 2008 when underground production again surpassed surface production. Surface remining to remove coal pillars left in shallow underground mines and recovering coal from old mine waste piles has been common.
James Stephens of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Surface Mining and Reclamation Division, has responsibility for SMCRA activities related to active coal mines in the State of Arkansas.
Wayne Van Buren has responsibility for SMCRA activities related to abandoned coal mines in the state of Arkansas.
An example of ADEQ’s effectiveness and efficiency is the AML project located in Sebastian County. The project successfully eliminated three acres of dangerous gob piles, several feet of embankments, and one vertical opening. By incorporating a forfeited pit as a disposal area, ADEQ was able to reduce the amount of reclamation required by 10 acres.
Arkansas grant reports and related documents are contained in the official grant file maintained at the:
Mid-Continent Regional Office
501 Belle Street, suite 216
Alton, IL 62002
They can be reviewed during normal business hours. Alternatively, these documents can be requested through the Tulsa Field Office and a copy of the grant file will be made available. The copy may be requested in paper or electronic format.
OUTREACH FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE OVERSIGHT PERFORMANCE AGREEMENT
We are soliciting comments, recommendations or suggestions for topics from citizens, environmental groups, and industry to include in our 2015 Annual or Bi-Annual Performance Agreement. Performance Agreements between OSM and the State and Tribal programs establish how oversight is conducted during each evaluation year(s). The topics should relate to the implementation of the approved Regulatory and Abandoned Mine Land Programs. Please submit your topics or requests for our consideration from March 1-30, 2014 by email or in writing to the contact at the bottom of the page. Thank you for your participation in this important process.
Oversight DocumentsTo view oversight documents see ODOCS, OSM's REG-8 Oversight Database:
|OSM defines "oversight", as the "process of evaluating and assisting states [and tribes] in the administration, implementation, and maintenance of approved programs. In collaboration with each state/tribe, OSM develops a Performance Agreement/Evaluation Plans tailored to the unique conditions of each state/tribe program. Performance Agreements/Evaluation Plans between OSM and the states establish how oversight is conducted during each evaluation year.|
For more information on OSM's oversight process see Oversight of Surface Coal Mining.
For more information please contact:
Tulsa Field Office Director