OFFICE of SURFACE MINING
RECLAMATION and ENFORCEMENT

U.S. Department of the Interior

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For More Information:

Eric Cavazza

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


Pittsburgh Field Office


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Rhode Island

Portsmouth Coal Mine, circa 1911.Commercial coal mining in Rhode Island began in 1808 near Portsmouth when coal was found in Cumberland between the Blackstone River and Abbotts Run, a little north of Pawtucket. The coal at Portsmouth seems to have been known at least as early as 1760. It is said that during the Revolutionary War the British soldiers in Newport used the coal from the island for heating purposes. The Portsmouth coal venture operated until 1912; over a million tons of anthracite was mined. Along with Portsmouth, coal was mined in Valley Falls, Cumberland, Bristol, Providence and Cranston.

The Cranston mines yielded both graphite and coal and many thousands of tons were taken over a span of about 110 years. Coal Mining in Rhode Island ended in 1959, in Cranston, on the present site of the Garden City Shopping Center.

Contacts

Rhode Island
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)

Since the early 1980’s the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, through the Federal Reclamation Program (FRP), has spent almost $600,000 eliminating safety issues resulting from mine subsidence problems located in Cranston, Valley Falls, and Cumberland Rhode Island.

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



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