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Energy and Environment Cabinet

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Mining Reports and Studies


Blackwater Task Force Report -- this report examines the causes of blackwater spills and their impact on aquatic resources and human health.  Released April 2005.

Indiana Bat Guidelines for the Coal Industry -- this guideline was developed to address the implementation of SMCRA (Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act) as related to surface mining activities that may adversely affect the Indiana Bat, a federally listed endangered species.  Released September 2009.

Mine Equipment Review Panel -- findings and recommendations regarding mine safety technologies deployed in coal mines, as well as safety concerns relative to funding of mine safety research, development and training. Released November 2006.

Mine Substance Abuse Task Force -- findings and recommendations that address the increasing concern of drug and alcohol abuse in the mining industry. Released December 2005.

Retreat Mining Study -- a comprehensive analysis of retreat mining operations in Kentucky including regulations, safety practices, and operator reporting. Released February 2006.