Coal mining in the early days of North Dakota have resulted in a great number of abandoned underground and surface mine locations. Photo credit: Public Service Commission
WARNING! Abandoned Mines are Dangerous! The types of hazards that may be present are: Open Shafts, Unstable Rock and Decayed Supports, Deadly Gases, Lack of Oxygen, Explosives and Toxic Chemicals, Horizontal and Vertical Openings, Highwalls and Open Pits. STAY OUT! STAY ALIVE!
The mission of the Abandoned Mine Lands Division is to eliminate potential or existing hazards associated with abandoned coal mines in North Dakota for which there is no continuing liability under state or federal law. The nature of this mission is not regulatory but rather service-oriented.