"If it can't be grown, it must be mined"

Natural resources are the foundation for our lives and lifestyles.

What would our lives be like without mining? Imagine a world without transportation such as jet planes or railroads, without communications such as cell phones or radar, without decorative items such as art or jewelry, without buildings such as skyscrapers or parking garages, without defense systems items such as missiles or submarines, without medical care items such as X-rays or surgical tools. We wouldn’t have any of these things without mining and minerals.

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Reclamation Stories - Coal

Mining inevitably disturbs land. Modern mines reclaim the surface during and after mining is completed, returning the land to useful purposes.  Following is information about a few of the many mined land reclamation success stories. Note the differences in the pictures between how the land looks during mining and how it looks after mining.  The reclaimed mine lands are usually more attractive to wildlife and human uses than before mining started.


An intensive, groundbreaking effort to reforest mined lands in western Kentucky creates breathtaking results for hunters, fishermen and outdoor adv

Operated by Peabody Coal Company and located in Vigo County, Indiana, the former Universal Mine was recognized for innovative reclamation practices

The Lost Mountain Mining Company is a fossil fuel company recognized for its successful reclamation of a surface coal mine site.  This mine, referr




Located in Waterflow, New Mexico, the San Juan Coal Company has been presented with the Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining's 2004

Thacker Fork, West Virginia, uses cold, pure water from Arch Coalís Mingo Logan mine for the only arctic char fish hatchery east of the Mississippi

Paramont Coal Corporation operated a coal surface mine in Dickenson County, just northeast of Clintwood, Virginia f

Operated by Wood Coal Company of Rich Hill, Missouri, the Foster Mine #2 was awarded an Honorable Mention by the Interstate Mining Compact Commissi

Located near Bridgeport, West Virginia, this 250-acre golf course features a coal mine theme and is constructed on reclaimed mine land.

G&S Coal Company, Inc.