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DMME Protects the Environment

  • Kids in the Creek

    DMME programs encouraging and increasing energy efficiency in the Commonwealth were awarded for excellence by the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council. Read More

  • Kids in the Creek

    The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy participates in an annual event called Kids in the Creek. Our employees strap on their waders to teach Lee County students the importance of keeping our water protected. Watch More

  • 3D Mapping

    The three-dimensional mapping of coalbeds and associated mines can be a resource for DMME to use in our work protecting the environment. The data can help in investigations related to mine subsidence, water loss and other water quality issues. See the story map here.

  • Operator of the Year

    For the second year, DMME and the Virginia Oil and Gas Association partnered to honor outstanding achievements in the natural gas industry. Learn More

  • AML Reclamation Awards

    A Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy project that helped rid southwest Virginia of the single, worst mine related impact to water quality in the Clinch River was honored with a 2017 Abandoned Mine Land Award from the Federal Office of Surface Mining for environmental excellence. Learn More

  • Gill Creek

    These mines are chosen for exemplary efforts in restoring the mine site to an environmentally friendly and usable land after mining is complete. Learn More

  • Haywood Lane

    Projects completed with the funds will not only improve the environment but are also designed to boost the economy of southwest Virginia’s coalfields. Learn More

  • Picture of Virginia Energy Efficiency Council presening the award

    Over 1,800 Trees Planted at DMME Arbor Day Event. Russell County 6th graders helped plant a new forest on a reclaimed abandoned mine land site for Arbor Day. Watch the video here

  • Gassing up truck

    The goal of having 300 alternative fuel vehicles in Virginia's fleet was exceeded and was done five months earlier than suggested by the Virginia Energy Plan. DMME has more alternative fueled vehicles than any other state agency. Watch the announcement here

  • Picture of Virginia Energy Efficiency Council presening the award

    The agency was recognized by the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council for its work in educating the public on energy efficiency and for helping government entities become more energy efficient through performance contracting. Learn More

  • Picture of Buchanan County public water ground breaking

    Buchanan County will receive a federal grant of nearly $450,250 to provide public water to an additional 15 homes in Southwest Virginia that have been affected by past coal mining practices. Learn More

  • Picture of Carl Zipper receiving an award

    Coal mines were recognized for environmental achievements by DMME and the Virginia Coal and Energy Alliance. Learn More

  • Picture of Carl Zipper receiving an award

    Powell River Project Director Dr. Carl Zipper was honored for 27 years of service for his dedication and commitment to fostering research that helped improve the coal industry through improved and more cost-effective environmental compliance. These benefits were achieved through peer-reviewed scientific research and through Powell River Project's outreach and education programs. Learn More

  • Daniel Kestner NASLR Reclamationist of the year photo

    The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy’s (DMME) Daniel Kestner, has been awarded the Dean Spindler Reclamationist of the Year Award for 2016 from the National Association of State Land Reclamationists. (NASLR)Learn More

  • HooverColor Reclamation Project

    From mining to mountain biking. DMME helped plan reclamation to make this mine site part of the New River Trail State Park. View Video

  • Levisa River Project

    The Levisa River is improving thanks to a stream bank restoration project funded by DMME. Learn More

  • DMME secured the funding needed to make sure the land is stabilized and the nearby streams article

    An abandoned mine land cause this land to slide in Buchanan County, Virginia. DMME secured the funding needed to make sure the land is stabilized and the nearby streams stay protected. Learn More

  • DMME assesses watersheds article

    DMME assesses watersheds to make sure there is little to no impact from mining. Learn More

  • DMME is helping to get more solar power in Virginia article

    DMME is helping to get more solar power in Virginia. Learn More

  • Learn how DMME makes sure the environment is protected and improved after coal mining video

    Leaving a site just as good or better than before coal mining occurred is required in Virginia. Learn how DMME makes sure the environment is protected and improved after coal mining. Watch Video

  • DMME helped turn a hazardous abandoned mine into a community park article

    DMME helped turn a hazardous abandoned mine into a community park. Learn More

  • DMME and local watershed groups and coal companies work to improve water quality video

    Learn more about how DMME, local watershed groups and coal companies work to improve water quality throughout the coalfields of Southwest Virginia. View Video

  • DMME partnered with Virginia Clean Cities article

    DMME partnered with Virginia Clean Cities to increase the number of alternative fuel vehicles on Virginia’s roads. Learn More

  • DMME has teamed with 6th grade students to plant over 7,000 trees article

    For over a decade DMME has teamed with 6th grade students to plant over 7,000 trees on reclaimed coal and natural gas sites on Arbor Day. Check out these highlights from one of our events. View Video

  • DMME ensured clean water article

    DMME ensured clean water to residents living near abandoned mine lands. Learn More

  • DMME works with Gobco to clean up abandoned mine land site article

    DMME worked with Gobco to clean up abandoned mine land site deemed the worst contributor of pollution to the Clinch River. Learn More