Minerals and Mining Program
Mike Lees, Administrator l Staff Directory
Phone (605) 773-4201
Fax (605) 773-5286
Welcome to the Minerals and Mining Web Page
The Minerals and Mining Program regulates mineral exploration, mining, and oil & gas development in South Dakota. We ensure mineral exploration and development is conducted in a manner that minimizes environmental impact, and that affected lands are reclaimed and useable after the resources have been extracted. Prior to initiating most forms of mineral exploration or development, operators must file a formal notice or obtain a permit from the state; depending on the type of activity, operators generally work under the regulatory umbrella of an exploration notice of intent (EXNI), a mine permit, a mine license, or an oil & gas permit. The Minerals and Mining Program coordinates issuance or filing of required permits and notices, ensures required surety is posted by operators, inspects and monitors mineral development sites, determines when sites have been adequately reclaimed, and works with operators to ensure mineral exploration and development complies with all applicable environmental statutes, rules, and regulatory conditions.
Interactive Construction Aggregate Map
DENR's Interactive Construction Aggregate Map allows visitors to easily find and access a wealth of information on thousands of construction aggregate mine sites licensed through DENR since 1983. For more information, click on the map.
The Interactive Construction Aggregate Map is searchable by site, operator, county and material mined. Other site features allow you to determine how large a mine area is, how much has been mined from a specific area, and more. The website includes information on sites where operators mine sand and gravel; rock to be crushed and used in construction; pegmatite minerals; and limestone, iron ore, sand, gypsum, shale, pozzolan, or other materials used in the process of making cement or lime.
Interactive Oil and Gas Map
DENR has an interactive map for oil and gas wells in the state. This Oil & Gas Map-Based Data Source has information on oil and gas wells through the state, including production and injection information, well field locations, enhanced recovery units, and operators. Access the Oil & Gas Map-Based Data Source at http://www.sdgs.usd.edu/OnlineMaps/maps.aspx.
Powertech Environmental Permits
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is making environmental permitting files related to Powertech (USA) Inc. uranium exploration and proposed in situ leach mining projects near Edgemont available to the public in electronic format. Powertech submitted applications for a ground water discharge permit, a water rights permit, and a large scale mine permit in 2012. For more information, go to the Powertech environmental permit web page.