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Past Press Releases


2014 News Releases

December 11, 2014
Virginia Mines Recognized For Safety

December 7, 2014
Hurricane Fork Gob Pile Removal Project Underway

October 23, 2014
"No Way Out" Coal Mine Safety Video Wins National Award

October 10, 2014
Governor Declares Earth Science Week

October 2, 2014
DMME Reclamation Specialist Receives National Award

September 30, 2014
DMME and Mountain Empire Community College Offering Online Certification Exams for Coal Miners

September 15, 2014
DMME to Map Historic Civil War Battlefields

August 27, 2014
DMME to Provide More Safety Training Opportunities to Virginia Miners

August 22, 2014
DMME Receives Grant for Earthquake Database

August 13, 2014
Virginia Agencies to Coordinate Review of Potential Permits for Oil and Gas Drilling

August 7, 2014
SunCoke Energy Black Team Wins Annual Virginia Mining Institue's Mine Rescue and Safety Contest

July 22, 2014
Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy Recognizes Luck Stone Corporation for Exemplary Reclamation Work

July 09, 2014
Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy Issues Warning About Danger of Abandoned and Active Mined Lands

May 28, 2014
BOEM and Virginia Sign Agreement to Evaluate Sand Resources for Coastal Resilience and Restoration Planning

May 22, 2014
Earthquake Shakes Central Virginia

May 13, 2014
Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy Recognized Paramont Coal for Exemplary Reclamation Work

March 28, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces $4.75 Million Funding for Water Project in Buchanan County

March 26, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces Four Virginia Businesses Receive Awards for Research in Offshore Wind Power Development

March 3, 2014
Virginia's Geothermal Future

February 28, 2014
Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy Helps Preserve Virginia's History



2013 News Releases

November 7, 2013
Virginia Mining Agency Will Use $50,000 Grant to Create Coal Mine Safety Training Video

August 20, 2013
Thirty-Four Virginia Coal Mines, Fifty-Four Miners Receive Safety Awards

March 8, 2013
Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy Announces $4.4 Million Funding Of Water Projects in Buchanan and Dickenson Counties



2012 News Releases

August 16, 2012
2011 Coal Mine Safety Awards

August 10, 2012
DMME VTCA Reclamation Awards

May 14, 2012
VA Vermiculite IMCC Award

April 23, 2012
Expanded Water Quality, Coal Production Information Available on Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy Website

February 2, 2012
Governor McDonnell Announces $3.5 Million in Funding to Provide Public Water to 141 Homes in Buchanan County



2011 News Releases

December 30, 2011
Over $2 Million in Natural Gas Royalty Payments Disbursed to Claimants by Virginia Gas and Oil Board

September 14, 2011
General Coal Miner Training Now Offered by Southwest Virginia Community College

February 16, 2011
Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy Provides Internet Access to Gas Well Information



2010 News Releases

October 8, 2010
Coal Waste Pile Removal Project Receives National Award - Streambed Buried for 60 Years Brought Back to Life

September 21, 2010
DMME Offers MSHA Impoundment Inspector Re-Certification Training in Russell County

September 14, 2010
Governor McDonnell to Host Virginia’s First Governor’s Conference on Energy

September 13, 2010
Virginia Mines, Minerals and Energy Information Available Through New Internet Portal

May 20, 2010
DMME Seeks Candidates to Serve as Arbitrators to Resolve Coalbed Methane Gas Ownership Disputes

April 21, 2010
Interstate Arbor Day: Forests Without Borders

March 23, 2010
Lieutenant Governor Bolling Announces the Awarding of $13 Million in Energy Conservation Grants to Local Governments ~ 39 awards include every region in Commonwealth ~

March 22, 2010
Lieutenant Governor Bolling Announces $10 Million in Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Incentives

February 23, 2010
DMME Seeks Assistance from Community to Help Identify and Locate Old, Abandoned Gas and Oil Wells - Information will be used to plug and reclaim orphaned wells

February 12, 2010
Governor McDonnell Announces $4.76 Million in Funding to Provide Public Water to 270 Homes in Buchanan and Wise Counties - Water Projects Funded by Virginia Abandoned Mine Land Program



2009 News Releases

October 27, 2009
Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy Performing Inventory of Mine Features in Richmond Coalfield

September 23, 2009
Public Hearings Scheduled on Amendments to Virginia Gas and Oil Regulations

May 22, 2009
DMME to Hold Seminar on "Addiction in the Workplace"

May 15, 2009
DMME Schedules Public Education Meetings on Natural Gas and Surface Owner Rights

February 26, 2009
DMME Offers Electrical Certification Classes in Wise County

February 16, 2009
Coal Surface Mining Reclamation Regulations Effective March 18, 2009

February 11, 2009
Governor Kaine Announces $3.6 Million in Funding to Provide Public Water to Hundreds of SW Virginia Homes



2008 News Releases

December 5, 2008
DMME Announces Opening of Russell County Office

October 14, 2008
DMME Proposes Amendments to Safety and Health Regulations Governing Mineral Mines

August 4, 2008
Coal Surface Mining Reclamation Regulations to be Amended

July 7, 2008
DMME Announces Intended Regulatory Action to Amend Virginia Gas and Oil, Gas and Oil Board and Geothermal Regulations

April 25, 2008
Proposed Rule Would Allow Use of Updated Coordinate System to Locate Gas and Oil Wells

April 4, 2008
Students Celebrate Arbor Day by Planting Trees on Mined Land