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Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management


The Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management is responsible for managing environmentally and economically responsible development of the nation's offshore resources. Its function includes offshore leasing, resource evaluation, review and administration of oil and gas exploration, and development of environmental studies.

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)


The mission of the Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is to administer the provisions of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 (Mine Act, Public Law 91-173, as amended by Public Law 95-164) for all mining and mineral processing operations in the United States.


Mining Safety and Health Research is "a division of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services." The mission of the Division is "to eliminate mining fatalities, injuries, and illnesses through research and prevention." ...


The U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining (OSM) is responsible, in cooperation with the states and Indian Tribes, to protect citizens and the environment during coal mining and reclamation, and to reclaim coal mines abandoned before 1977 as required by the Surface Mining Law of 1977 (Public Law 95-87).


The USGS Abandoned Mine Lands initiative was conducted "during the fiscal years 1997 through 2001 to provide technical assistance in support of Federal Land Management Agency (FLMA) actions to remediate contamination associated with abandoned hard rock mining activities." Project plan, data, reports, pictures, and related links available.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Mineral Resources Program (MRP)

The U.S. Geological Survey's Mineral Resource Program

  • provides an unbiased source of scientific information based on basic research on mineral resources
  • supports international mineral resource activities that are in the national interest
  • collects, analyzes, and disseminates current production and consumption of mineral commodities
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