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Mine Mapping Project

John Hiett
Office of Mine Safety and Licensing
Frankfort, KY

Tuesday, August 2, 2005, 3:00 pm
Ben Bandy Conference Center
Center for Applied Energy Research

The Commonwealth of Kentucky is creating an electronic mine map information system for public and governmental agency use. This initiative is in response to the 2002 Que Creek, Pennsylvania miner entrapment and the 2000 Martin County, Kentucky slurry impoundment failure. The purpose of the Web service is to make available electronic maps of mined out areas and engineering drawings of operating mines in Kentucky. The system provides scanned images of the coal mine maps submitted by mining companies to the Office of Mine Safety and Licensing. These images are accessed from an internet map service using ESRI ArcIMS technology. The internet map also displays information about mined-out areas, oil and gas wells, and provides links to data about the mines. Users are able to query mine information and download maps as required.

In addition, the detailed mine map images and associated data are utilized by various agencies in state and federal government for regulatory, fiscal, and safety concerns. Mine map information is provided and used by the Kentucky Revenue Cabinet, Office of Mine Safety and Licensing, and the Division of Permits along with many other organizations. This collaboration reduces the duplicate map filings required of coal mining companies and gives the public better access to mine information. This presentation will discuss the development and implementation of this project.