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Minerals and Mining Program

Minerals and Mining Program

Bob Townsend, C.P.G. Administrator  E-mail  l Staff Directory


Phone (605) 773-4201
Fax (605) 773-5286


Welcome to the Minerals and Mining Web Page

Reclaimed Trojan Waste Rock Facility at Wharf Resources Luff Foust J-34H Oil Well The Minerals and Mining Program is the regulatory arm of DENR responsible for ensuring that the impacts from mineral exploration, mining, and oil and gas production in South Dakota to the environment are minimized and that affected lands are reclaimed and useable after the resources have been extracted. The regulatory process includes issuing exploration permits, mining permits, mining licenses, and oil and gas permits in accordance with the requirements of state law and rules and then, inspecting and monitoring development activities to ensure compliance with permit requirements





LAC Minerals Release Petition, Postclosure Plan, and Updated Reclamation Plan

LAC Minerals (USA), LLC submitted a request to the Board of Minerals and Environment to release reclamation liability for the majority of acreage affected under Large Scale Mine Permit Numbers 445 and 460 at its Richmond Hill Mine approximately five miles northwest of Lead, SD.   As part of its request, LAC Minerals submitted a release petition and postclosure plan to DENR.  A hearing on the release petition and postclosure plan was held on October 15, 2015 before the Board of Minerals and Environment. The Board approved the release of reclamation liability and the postclosure plan. The Board's decision was appealed by intervenor Robert Fowler to Circuit Court, and then appealed to the Supreme Court, with the high court’s ruling pending a hearing. For more information, go to the LAC Minerals Release Petition web page.  


Interactive Construction Aggregate Map

Interactive Construction Aggregate Map

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announces a new sand, gravel and construction aggregate mining web site. The site - - allows visitors to find information on 519 construction aggregate licenses that have been issued to mine 20,769 acres at 1,638 pits. Site visitors can also see information on nearly 4,600 sites that have been licensed through DENR since 1983. For more information, click on the map.

The new website 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 much more information about each mine.  In addition to sand and gravel mine sites, the website includes mine sites for rock to be crushed and used in construction, pegmatite minerals or for limestone, iron ore, sand, gypsum, shale, pozzolan, or other materials used in the process of making cement or lime. 


Interactive Oil and Gas Map

Interactive Oil and Gas Map

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (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






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.   In addition to ground water discharge permit and water rights permit applications submitted earlier this year, Powertech submitted a large scale mine permit application on October 1, 2012.  For more information, go to the Powertech environmental permit web page.