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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 25. Department of Energy
Chapter 101. Regulations Governing Vertical Ventilation Holes and Mining Near Gas and Oil Wells
5/27/2022

4VAC25-101-160. Mining within 200 feet of a vertical ventilation hole, gas well or pipeline.

A. A mine operator shall submit a plan to the chief for approval to conduct mining operations within 200 feet (horizontally or vertically) of any permitted or pending vertical ventilation hole or gas well or to conduct surface mining operations within 200 feet of pipelines.

B. The plan shall comply with requirements developed by the chief. It shall be accompanied by an accurate map or plat showing the location of the hole, well, or pipeline, mine workings within 500 feet of the hole, well, or pipeline, projected mine workings within 200 horizontal feet of the vertical ventilation hole, gas well, or pipeline in accordance with the state plane coordinate system.

C. The chief may, prior to considering the plan, make or cause to be made any inspections or surveys which he deems necessary.

D. Notice of intent, including a copy of the plan, shall be sent by certified mail to the operator of the vertical ventilation hole or pipeline, which may be affected by the proposed mining operations. Gas well operators, which may be affected by the proposed mining operations, shall be given notice as required in §§.45.2-707 C and 45.2-939 B of the Coal Mine Safety Act. The notice shall inform the operator of the right to object to the proposed mining activity. Objections shall be filed with the chief within 10 days of the date that the notice is received. If the operator files an objection, the chief shall schedule a hearing in accordance with the provisions in 4VAC25-101-70.

E. If the mine operator submits proof in writing that the operator of the vertical ventilation hole, gas well, or pipeline does not object to the projected mining activity, then the chief may waive the notice requirement and issue a permit, provided all other conditions for permit issuance have been met.

F. The chief may, if the operator of the vertical ventilation hole, or gas well, or pipeline does not file an objection within the specified period, approve the plan for the mining operations as projected, or with such modifications as the chief may deem necessary.

G. This section shall not apply to mining operations in the seam that the vertical ventilation hole or gas well is intended to ventilate, if safe mining procedures have been incorporated in the approved bleeder plan as provided in 4VAC25-101-190, unless the casing extends through the seam or if the vertical ventilation hole, gas well, or pipeline is located outside the coal seam outcrop.

Statutory Authority

§ 45.2-103 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 17, Issue 20, eff. July 18, 2001; amended, Virginia Register Volume 38, Issue 13, eff. March 31, 2022.

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