The Nevada Division of Minerals, a part of the Commission on
Mineral Resources, is responsible for administering programs and
activities to promote, advance, and protect mining and the
development and production of petroleum and geothermal resources in
Nevada. The Division’s mission is to conduct activities to further
the responsible development and production of the State’s mineral
resources to benefit and promote the welfare of the people of
Nevada. The seven-member Commission on Mineral Resources is a public
body appointed by the Governor and directs mineral-related policy
for the Division and advises the Governor and Legislature on matters
relating to mineral resources. The Division focuses its efforts on
three main areas: Industry relations and public affairs; regulation
of oil, gas, and geothermal drilling activities and well operations;
and abandoned mine lands.
The agency is involved in a wide array of activities relating to
mineral development. Staff compiles annual data on all active mines
in Nevada and maintains the State’s mine registry. Information
concerning mining operations and production is made available to the
public through this yearly publication. Educational documents and
materials concerning many aspects of the minerals industry are also
produced. The Division participates in governmental activities
affecting policies and laws concerning the minerals industry and
resource development. The Division administers the State’s
reclamation bond pool.
The Division is responsible for permitting, inspecting, and
monitoring all oil, gas, and geothermal drilling activities on both
public and private lands in Nevada. Staff also monitors production
of oil, gas, and geothermal resources to insure proper management
and conservation. Nevada is a member of the Interstate Oil and Gas
The Division’s abandoned mine lands program provides for public
safety by identifying and ranking dangerous conditions at mines that
are no longer operating, and by securing dangerous orphaned mine
openings. The program continually urges the public to recognize and
avoid hazardous abandoned mines.
For additional contact information and a list of staff, please visit
our "Contact Us" page.
The mission of the Division of Minerals is to be responsible for administering programs and activities to promote, advance, and protect mining and the development and production of petroleum and geothermal resources in Nevada. The division shall carry out mineral-related policy for the Commission on Mineral Resources and advise the Governor and Legislature on matters relating to mineral resources. The division shall provide: an effective program of industry relations and public affairs, including information and education concerning the mineral industry; resources for mineral education, including support for the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering at UNR; a program to identify, rank and secure dangerous conditions at abandoned mines in a timely manner; efficient regulation of oil, gas, and geothermal activities and well operations; and a satisfactory mine reclamation performance bond pool.
Virtually all sources of funds for the Division
are from fees and assessments from the mineral industries with which
we work, grants, and publication sales. There are no State general
funds in the division's budget.
DISCLAIMER OF ENDORSEMENT: Any reference obtained from this site to a specific
product, process or service does not constitute or imply and endorsement
by the Nevada Division of Minerals, the Nevada Commission on Mineral
Resources, or the State of Nevada of the product, process, or service,
or its producer or provider. The views and opinions expressed in any
referenced document do not necessarily state or reflect those of the
Nevada Division of Minerals, the Nevada Commission on Mineral Resources,
or the State of Nevada.