Mine Subsidence Coverage

WHAT IS MINE SUBSIDENCE?

Mine Subsidence is the movement of the ground surface as a result of readjustments of the overburden due to collapse or failure of underground mine workings. Surface subsidence features usually take the form of either sinkholes or troughs.

HOW DOES IT AFFECT YOU?

If your home or business exists over or near an underground mine, you could be facing the costly consequence of mine subsidence: expensive repairs to your structure. Damage caused by mine subsidence is not usually covered by homeowners or business insurance. Mine subsidence is a threat to thousands of homes and businesses throughout Wyoming. It can occur at any time and in any place after underground coal mining has occurred in the immediate area.

WHAT ACTION CAN YOU TAKE?

Contact your state's AML program for more information about subsidence insurance and protecting your home.

STAY OUT, STAY ALIVE

What is the Risk?

On average, 20 to 30 people die each year in abandoned mines in the United States. This is an alarming and unfortunate statistic because many of these incidents are preventable.

How Does it Affect You?

Hunters, hikers, cave explorers and other recreationists who use public and private lands are at risk of death or serious injury. The Abandoned Mine Land Division has cataloged many abandoned mine sites in Wyoming, but many more exist in remote areas and on private land.

How Can You Stay Safe?

If you encounter an abandoned mine, do not attempt to enter. For more information on mine safety, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration Stay Out! Stay Alive! website.