Report an Emergency or Complaint

For emergencies pertaining to effects of coal mining before 1977, please contact our office.

Reporting an Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Emergency or Complaint

Abandoned Mine Land emergencies are hazards that occur suddenly and present an immediate threat to the public health, safety or general welfare. They are caused by abandoned underground or surface coal mines and need immediate attention.

Emergency issues or complaints may include the following:

  • Open subsidence, portals or shafts
  • Subsidence that has damaged occupied structures
  • Coal waste fires or underground mine fires near houses, roadways or populated areas
  • Landslides that are blocking roadways, streams or damaging structures

Where Should the Incident Be Reported?

See the map below for the appropriate region.

Northern Region

Jeremy Ayers, Engineer
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Land Restoration
Bridgeport, WV
Phone: (304) 842-1900 x43203
Email: Jeremy.D.Ayers@wv.gov

Southern Region

Patrick Murphy, Engineer
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Land Restoration
1149 Nick Rahall Greenway
Fayetteville, WV 2584
Phone: (304) 574-4465
Email: Patrick.M.Murphy@wv.gov

What Needs to Be Reported?

When reporting an AML emergency be prepared to provide the following information:

  • A description of the problem
  • Location (address) of the problem including municipality and county
  • Name, address and telephone number of any affected property owner(s), if known
  • Directions to the problem site
  • Name and telephone number of any other person(s) knowledgeable about the emergency problem

The caller may be asked the date when the event occurred, if any other incidents events have occurred in this area, and if any other agencies or organizations have been contacted.

Non-Emergency Issues

Any AML event that is of concern but does not pose an immediate threat can be reported to the appropriate AML&R district office Monday through Friday during normal business hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The contact information for each office is located here.

AML Region Map

Questions?

Please direct all web inquiries to Mandy Strader.