SOUTH DAKOTA Department of
Environment & Natural Resources

Protecting South Dakota's Tomorrow...Today!
Joe Foss Building
523 E Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501
Field Offices
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Minerals and Mining Program

Minerals and Mining Program


Minerals and Mining Program - Pierre - phone (605) 773-4201

Bob Townsend, C.P.G.

Natural Resources Program Administrator

Rules, Laws, General Program Information, Oil and Gas Permitting

Patty McQuay

Program Assistant

Julie Smith  Senior Secretary  

Mine and Exploration Permits

Mike Cepak, P.E. Engineering Manager I Mine Permits, Approval of Engineering Plans and Specifications for Mining Facilities
Eric Holm, E.I.T. Engineer III Mine Permits, Placer Mining, Reclamation Bond Calculations, Webpage Developer
Roberta Hudson, M.S., E.I.T. Engineer III Mine and Exploration Permits, Mine Site Hydrologic Evaluations

Mine Licenses

Mike Erickson, M.S. Environmental Scientist Manager I Mine Licenses, Air Quality Permits for Rock Crushers & Asphalt Plants

Bret Graves

Environmental Scientist II

Mine Licenses

Thomas Cline Jr., M.S. Environmental Scientist II Mine Licenses

Oil and Gas Permits

Michael Lees, M.S. Environmental Scientist III Oil and Gas Orders, Rules, Surety, Permitting
Lucy Dahl Environmental Scientist II Oil and Gas Permitting, Sundry Notice Review, Webpage Developer, Orders, Plugging Plan Review
Jeff Klenner Environmental Scientist II Primary Oil and Gas Field Inspector, Plugging Plan Review, Sundry Notice Review, Forms, Well Completions
Ground Water Quality Program - Pierre - (605) 773-3296
Brian Walsh Environmental Scientist III Class II Underground Injection Control Wells

Minerals and Mining Program - Rapid City - phone (605) 394-2229

Mark Keenihan, P.E. Engineer III Mine Permits, Mine Construction and Compliance Inspections
Jenny Hegg Senior Secretary Oil and Gas Permits