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The public is encouraged to contact our office with any concerns or questions related to coal mining or coal mine related problems. If you are uncertain if a problem or condition is the result of mining, contact our office and we will be glad to make that determination for you. Although extensive reclamation work has been accomplished over the past 25 years, new sites on private property continue to be found and reported. Contact our office if you would like to request a site visit.
The public is encouraged to participate in the AML program and may participate by providing comments on projects scheduled for work. Public notices of proposed projects are printed in newspapers of general circulation in the municipality or locality nearest to every project. Citizens normally have 30 days to submit written comments, objections, or requests for additional information on every project. If interest is expressed by sufficient residents in the general vicinity of the proposed reclamation site, a public meeting may be scheduled.
Landowners who are directly affected by the reclamation will be contacted by staff and involved during the site survey and design. A right-of-entry agreement with the landowner gives the Division and its contractor permission to enter and work on the property. After satisfactory completion of the reclamation and a warranty period to ensure vegetation is well established, the right-of-entry is terminated and the landowner has full use of the land. Division employees will work with individual landowners to provide information on the sensitive nature of reclaimed ground, and explain any cautions or potential problems that may arise.
The Division also partners with other public organizations to expand its coverage and outreach. Details of these partnerships and opportunities for public landowner participation are here for a Partners brochure. In addition, visit Sycamore Trails RC&D Service for additional insights and possibilities.
A guide is available from the Division of Reclamation to help the public and local officials further understand potential problems associated with previously mined areas. These problems may be associated with both underground and surface mined sites and can result in serious damage to improvements. Previously mined land may have many attractive features for development as residential, industrial and recreational sites. Hidden dangers such as dangerous mine openings, unstable highwalls, and unpredictable ground movement have resulted in serious damages to improvements on these sites. Additional problems can result from subsidence, mine spoils, mine impoundments, and landslides. The Indiana Division of Reclamation always suggests obtaining assistance from a qualified engineer for specific site evaluation before you buy or build on previously mined land. A list of resources is provided at the end of this booklet for additional information. Please click here to review this brochure.