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
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
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 - http://arcgis.sd.gov/server/denr/conagg/ - 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
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 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. 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.