Birmingham Field Office
Louisiana's estimated 1.0 billion tons of coal reserves consist entirely of lignite. The deposits are located in the northwest part of the State, a moist, temperate region with highly erodible soils. Lignite was recognized in Louisiana as early as 1812. The first documented use occurred at the Confederate arsenal near Shreveport during the Civil War. By the late 1800s, its use by blacksmiths, steamboats, and railroads was common.
Permitted coal production in the State began at the Dolet Hills Lignite Mine in September 1985. This is a mine-mouth operation that uses a seven-mile-long conveyor to transport lignite to the power plant. A second permitted surface operation, the Oxbow Lignite Mine, began production in 1989, transporting its production by truck to the same power plant. In 2012, a third surface mine in Natchitoches Parish was permitted. The lignite produced at the newest mine is transported to the existing activated carbon production facility near Armistead, Louisiana.
Stephen Lee of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Office of Conservation has responsibility for SMCRA activities related to active coal mining in the State of Louisiana.
Stephen Lee of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Office of Conservation has responsibility for SMCRA activities related to abandoned coal mines in the State of Louisiana.
Louisiana 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 Birmingham 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:
Birmingham Field Office Director