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2021 News Releases

September 21, 2021
Virginia Energy Recognizes Natural Gas Industry for Achievementmes

September 16, 2021
DMME Project to Eliminate Public Safety Hazards on Former Coal Surface Mine

September 16, 2021
DMME to Enhance Safety and the Environment Through Reclamation of Former Case Coal Surface Mine

September 9, 2021
DMME Hosts Clean Energy Virginia Webinar

August 31, 2021
DMME Responds to Emergency at former Surface Coal Mine

August 12, 2021
DMME Presents $2.2 Million for Ecotourism Project

August 5, 2021
Wellmore Coal Company Wins Grand Champion at Virginia Mining Institute Mine Rescue

July 28, 2021
Virginia Recognizes Mineral Mining Industry for Exemplary Safety Records

July 13, 2021
DMME reclaims Abandoned Mine Land issue in Midlothian

July 1, 2021
Department of Interior Announces Actions Advancing Virginia Offshore Wind

June 22, 2021
Additional Reenergize Southwest Public Hearings Announced

June 14, 2021
Governor Northam Announces Offshore Wind Project First to Use New Permitting Initiative

June 14, 2021
Federal Agencies Collaborate to Meet Offshore Wind Goals

June 9, 2021
Wellmore Coal Company wins the 2021 Governor's Cup

June 4, 2021
Governor Northam Part of Joint Letter to President Biden on Prioritization of Offshore Wind Development

May 24, 2021
DMME Holds Reenergize SWVA Public Hearing

May 20, 2021
DMME Starts Innovative Reclamation Program

May 12, 2021
DMME and Partners Open Offshore Wind Landing

May 12, 2021
Norton AML Project Stops Flooding and Reduces Landslide Chances

May 10, 2021
DMME Lebanon Closing May 19th

April 30, 2021
Virginia Included in National Offshore Wind Report

April 30, 2021
Pocahontas Receives Economic Revitalization Grant from DMME

April 30, 2021
Abandoned Mine Land Project Results in Thousands of Trees Planted on Historic Mined Land this Arbor Day.

March 26, 2021
Governor Northam Announces Solar and Other Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Charles City County Public Schools

March 10, 2021
DMME Announces VOWDA Appointments.

February 2, 2021
Governor Northam Announces DMME Is Now Accepting Applications for 2020 AML Pilot Projects

January 13, 2021
DMME Launches Clean Energy Dashboard

2020 News Releases

December 18, 2020
Mineral Mining Industry Recognized for Exemplary Reclamation

December 16, 2020
Solar Foundation Releases Guide for Large Scale Solar Development in Southwest Virginia

December 07, 2020
Virginia Releases Recruiting Video for Offshore Wind Industry

November 12, 2020
Pulaski County and Williamsburg Receive SolSmart Designation

November 6, 2020
2019 Virginia Gas and Oil Industry Awards of Excellence

October 30, 2020
DMME Recognizes Mine Rescue Day

October 30, 2020
Virginia Joins Regional Agreement to Develop Offshore Wind

October 21, 2020
Virginia Coal Mines and DMME Awarded for Safety

October 7, 2020
Governor Northam Declares October 7th Energy Efficiency Day

October 1, 2020
Virginia Recognizes Mineral Mine Industry for Exemplary Safety

September 17, 2020
Governor Northam Proclaims October 11-17 Earth Science Week

September 10, 2020
Griffith Announces Eleven Southwest Virginia Economic Development Projects to Receive Pilot Grants

August 17, 2020
Governor Northam Signs the Virginia Clean Economy Act

August 9, 2020
Governor Northam Proclaims August 9th-15th American Wind Week

July 7, 2020
Governor Northam Launches “Clean Energy Virginia” Initiative to Drive Investment in Renewable Energy, Support Jobs of the Future

July 1, 2020
DMME and Governor Ralph Northam's Office host Clean Energy Virginia - a five part webinar series

June 29, 2020
Governor Northam Signs Monumental Offshore Wind Legislation, Tours First Offshore Wind Project in Federal Waters

May 20, 2020
DMME Hosts SolSmart Program to help Virginia Increase Solar Development

March 30, 2020
DMME Big Stone Gap and Lebanon limit office hours due to COVID-19

March 13, 2020
DMME Responds to the COVID-19

February 11, 2020
DMME Responds to Emergency Landslide

January 24, 2020
Project Intersection Receives $1,782,685 for Job Creation and Reclamation of Abandoned Mine Lands

January 24, 2020
The Nature Conservancy Receives $222,000 for Enhancements to Mountain View Trail System and Reclamation of Abandoned Mine Lands

2019 News Releases

October 30, 2019
Virginia Recognizes Mine Rescue Day

October 18, 2019
2018 Awards for Excellence in the Natural Gas Industry Presented at Annual Virginia Oil and Gas Association Banquet

October 15, 2019
Earth Science Week event to be held at DMME Charlottesville

October 03, 2019
Southwest Virginia Energy Research and Development Authority Begins Work to Reshape Region’s Energy Future

October 02, 2019
Russell County Receives $269,000 for Dante Community Redevelopment Project and Reclamation of Abandoned Mine Lands

October 02, 2019
Dickenson County Public Service Authority Receives $356,500 for Splashdam Waterline Extension and Development of Abandoned Mine Land Site

September 5, 2019
DMME Now Accepting Applications for 2019 Abandoned Mine Land Pilot Projects

August 7, 2019
Governor Ralph Northam announced three new solar installation on state facilities

July 31, 2019
Wise County IDA Receives $500,00 to Prepare Solar Site and Reclaim Abandoned Mine Land

July 31, 2019
City of Norton Receives Pilot Grant to Enhance Country Cabin II

July 11, 2019
Virginia's mineral miners worked over four million hours in 2018 without a lost time accident.

June 6, 2019
Paramont Contura Takes Home Governor's Cup Mine Rescue Contest

June 5, 2019
Virginia Presented IMCC Award

May 16, 2019
DMME Recognizes Coal Mines for Exemplary Safety in 2018

May 6, 2019
DMME Mine Safety Programs Receive National Honors

March 20, 2019
DMME Receives $5.6 Million to Reclaim Historic Mines

March 07, 2019
Governor Northam and Congressman Griffith Announce 10 Southwest Virginia Economic Development Projects to Receive Pilot Grants

January 28, 2019
Virginia Joins National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium

February 14, 2019
DMME Makes $23.6 Million in Safety Improvements in Hurley

2018 News Releases

December 12, 2018
The Commonwealth will work with Strategen Consulting to meet the needs of an energy storage industry.

November 29, 2018

October 24, 2018
Natural Gas Industry Awarded for Excellence in Safety, Environment and Innovation

October 02, 2018
Governor Ralph Northam Unveils 2018 Virginia Energy Plan

September 17, 2018
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy Employees Receive Two of Seven 2018 Governor Awards for Public Service

August 30, 2018
Virginia Mine Chief Receives Reappointment from Governor Ralph Northam

August 28, 2018
Governor Northam Announces $10 Million Economic Development Grant Program for Southwest Virginia

August 23, 2018
Virginia Program Wins Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Award for Second Year in a Row

August 23, 2018
Cranesnest Trail Project Receives $711,100 Grant for Safety Improvement and Expansion

August 16, 2018
Upper Tennessee River Roundtable Receives $88,302 for Devil’s Fork Loop Trail Improvements and Reclamation of Abandoned Mine Lands

August 16, 2018
Norton Industrial Development Authority Receives $3.5 Million for Job Creation and Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation

August 14, 2018
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy's Danny Mullins Takes Top Award in Pre-Shift Safety Day Contest Hosted by the Virginia Mining Institute

August 1, 2018
Virginia Recognizes 25 Mines for Excellence in Safety

July 9, 2018
Virginia Mines Recognized for Safety and Reclamation

May 11, 2018
Pocahontas Exhibition Mine Receives $1.5 Million Economic Development Grant from DMME

May 9, 2018
DMME Receives Second Round of Funding for Economic and Environmental Improvements

April 19, 2018
Buchanan County Students Celebrate 14th Annual Arbor Day

March 22, 2018
Virginia Receives National Awards for Mine Safety and Reclamation

March 1, 2018
DMME Receives $5.8 Million to Reclaim Abandoned Mine Lands

January 16, 2018
DMME Announces C-Power to provide Demand Response Services

2017 News Releases

November 13, 2017
Coal Mining Certification Exams To Be Electronic in 2018

November 6, 2017
DMME Awarded for Leadership in Energy Efficiency

October 18, 2017
DMME and VOGA Announce Natural Gas Awards

September 25, 2017
DMME Celebrates Earth Science Week in October

September 13, 2017
Virginia Recognizes 25 Mines for Excellence in Worker Safety

August 31, 2017
Virginia Abandoned Mine Land Project Receives National Environmental Award

August 01, 2017
Virginia Now Equipped with Best Technology in Mine Rescue

July 11, 2017
Virginia’s Mineral Mines Awarded for Safety and Environmental Excellence

June 20, 2017
DMME Accepting AML Economic Development Project Proposals

June 15, 2017
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy to Co-Host Career Symposium in Big Stone Gap

June 9, 2017
Public Invited to DMME Open House in Charlottesville

June 1, 2017
Wellmore Coal Company’s Red Team took top honors in the 31st annual Governor’s Cup Mine Rescue and Safety Contest Thursday, June 1, 2017

May 24, 2017
DMME Announces Advisory Group for Economic Development Projects

May 12, 2017
Pocahontas Exhibition Mine Kicks off the Season with 140 Tazewell County 5th Graders

May 11, 2017
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy Receives $10 Million to Develop Abandoned Mine Land Sites

April 27, 2017
Russell County Students Plant 1,800 Trees at Arbor Day Event

March 28, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces 65% Growth in Solar Industry-related Jobs in Virginia in 2016

February 20, 2017
New Program to Create More Clean Energy Jobs in Virginia

January 25, 2017
Governor McAuliffe Announces Construction of Virginia’s Largest Solar Farm

January 06, 2017
Mineral Mining Certification Program Available Online

2016 News Releases

December 20, 2016
DMME SWVA Offices to close Fridays beginning February 2017.

November 18, 2016
DMME Helps Disburse Over $9 Million in Natural Gas Royalties

November 15, 2016
Abandoned Mine Land Grant Funds Water Expansion in Buchanan County

November 03, 2016
DMME Wins National Award for Training Video

October 28, 2016
Virginia Celebrates Mine Rescue Day October 30th

October 27, 2016
Virginia Awards Coal Mines for Safety

October 21, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Updates Energy Plan

October 18, 2016
Governor McAuliffe Proclaims Earth Science Week in Virginia

October 06, 2016
Sixth Annual Energy Expo Held at Ridgeview Middle School

October 05, 2016
DMME’s Daniel Kestner Awarded National Reclamationist of the Year

August 03, 2016
Alden Resources Blue Team Wins 50th Annual VMI Mine Rescue Contest

August 03, 2016
Virginia Natural Gas Regulations to be reviewed by STRONGER

July 28, 2016
DMME Announces Safety and Reclamation Winners in Mineral Mining

July 25, 2016
DMME Geologists Help Author Geology of Virginia

July 7, 2016
DMME to Host Open House in Big Stone Gap July 14th

July 1, 2016
Mine Safety and Reclamation in Virginia Recognized Nationally

June 30, 2016
DMME Funds Streambank Project in Buchanan County

June 03, 2016
DMME Receives Grant to Stop Buchanan County Landslide

June 02, 2016
Alpha Maxxim Shared Services Blue Team Claims the Governor's Cup

May 24, 2016
Self-Bonds Not Accepted for Coal Mine Reclamation in Virginia

May 13, 2016
DMME to Host Blasting Event for the Public

April 28, 2016
Coal Surface and First Class Foreman Certifications Now Accepted by Mineral Mining Industry

April 25, 2016
DMME Celebrates Safety Days and Exhibition Mine Opening

April 22, 2016
DMME Celebrates 12th Annual Arbor Day

March 24, 2016
DMME and Partners Moving Forward on Offshore Wind Research

March 16, 2016
DMME Receives National Recognition for Mine Safety and Training

March 11, 2016
Virginia Establishes First Mine Rescue Team

March 07, 2016
First Collegiate Mine Rescue Scrimmage Held in Virginia

January 26, 2016
Over $50,000 in Natural Gas Royalties Awaiting W-9 Forms

January 11, 2016
Record Amount of Natural Gas Royalties Disbursed in 2015

January 07, 2016
Coal Mining Certification Now Accepted By Mineral Industry

2015 News Releases

December 21, 2015
Virginia To Use More Renewable Energy

October 30, 2015
DMME Celebrates Mine Rescue Day

October 29, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Federal Grant Funds for Ethanol Pumps

October 15, 2015
Site of First Commercial Coal Mine in America Opens as a Park

October 09, 2015
DMME Hosts 2015 Energy Expo with Ridgeview Middle School

October 05, 2015
DMME Charlottesville Celebrates Earth Science Week

October 02, 2015
Virginia Mines Recognized for Safety Awards

October 01, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Proclaims October 11-17 Earth Science Week

September 30, 2015
DMME Receives MSHA Grant for Emergency Training

September 26, 2015
Virginia Receives Energy Efficiency Grant

September 16, 2015
Virginia Operator Wins National Reclamation Award

September 2, 2015
Governor McAuliffe Announces Energy Efficiency Program

August 25, 2015
Richmond Opens Its First Electric Vehicle Charging Station

August 6, 2015
Team Wins Annual VMI Mine Rescue & Safety Contest

July 24, 2015
DMME and VTCA Award Mineral Miners for Safety

July 22, 2015
DMME Receives MSHA Training Grant

July 15, 2015
DMME to Assess Potential Carbon Storage Resources Offshore

June 30, 2015
DMME Announces First Natural Gas Awards

June 29, 2015
DMME Assists with Alternative Fuel Program

June 18, 2015
DMME Assists Bureau of Ocean Energy Management through State Geologist Agreement

June 10, 2015
DMME Receives New Tool for Emergency Response and Training

June 4, 2015
Maxxim Shared Services Wins Annual Governor's Cup Mine Rescue and Safety Contest

May 14, 2015
Gas Owners to Receive Royalty Payments from Escrow Need to Complete W-9 IRS Form

May 11, 2015
DMME to assist Governor McAuliffe with Energy Efficiency

March 25, 2015
Buchanan County Receives Funding for Water Project in Hurley, VA

March 24, 2015
Virginia Secures First Offshore Wind Research Lease

January 15, 2015
DMME Geologists Featured in 2011 Earthquake Report

January 15, 2015
DMME works with Governor McAuliffe on Solar Energy

January 6, 2015
Virginia Receives $4.8 Million for Abandoned Mine Land Projects



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