OFFICE of SURFACE MINING
RECLAMATION and ENFORCEMENT

U.S. Department of the Interior

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Eric Cavazza

Field Office Director
ecavazza@osmre.gov
(412) 937-2857


Pittsburgh Field Office


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Massachusetts

There were two areas in Massachusetts where coal mining was conducted. Coal was discovered in Mansfield, Mass., in 1810. In 1835 three companies were formed for mining the coal in Mansfield, namely, the Massachusetts Mining Co., the Mansfield Mining Co., and the Mansfield Coal Co.

The filled in shaft entrance to the Worchester Mine.

The filled in shaft entrance to the Worchester Mine.

The Massachusetts Mining Co. raised 1,200 to 1,500 tons of coal. The Massachusetts Mine was 64 feet deep, with an entry 40 feet long extending southeastward. The Mansfield Mining Co. was 85 feet deep. The Mansfield Coal Co. site was sunk to a depth of 100 feet and drifts were cut north-northwest and south-southeast. All these mines had stopped work in 1838.

In Worcester, coal was discovered circa 1824, and the Worcester Coal Company was incorporated and began mining in 1829, however not long after the mine was abandoned. In 1897 an attempt was made to reopen the mine after it had been abandoned for almost seventy years. However, after pumping out the mine and removing 20-30 tons of the coal it was found to be mixed with graphite and other impurities. It was concluded that the mine could not be operated profitably due to the inferior quality of the coal. No further attempts to commercially mine coal within the state were made.

Contacts

Massachusetts
Abandoned Mine Lands (Title IV) Regulatory (Title V)

Mike Richmond, Branch Chief
Engineering Services & Technology Transfer Branch
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
3 Parkway Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Email: mrichmond@osmre.gov
Phone: (412) 937-2850
Fax: (412) 937-3012

Eric Cavazza, Field Office Director
Pittsburgh Field Office
3 Parkway Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Email: ecavazza@osmre.gov
Phone: (412) 937-2857
Fax: (412) 937-2888



ABandoned Mine Land (AML)

Active mining is not currently being performed within this state. Abandoned mine land (AML) issues are handled by AR's Technical Support Division (TSD).

To report a potential coal mining abandoned mine land (AML) problem contact:
Mike Richmond, mrichmond@osmre.gov, (412) 937-2850



Page Last Modified/Reviewed: 3/24/2021

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