PA Statewide Conference on AMD and AMR - Atherton Hotel, State College, PA - August 2006


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Mining Methods


J. Scott Roberts
Deputy Secretary
Office of Mineral Resources Management
PA Department of Environmental Protection


Mining methods change with time, each type with its own benefits and results. Understand its future through sharing experiences, knowledge and its past.


J. Scott Roberts is Deputy Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Office of Mineral Resources Management. In this executive management position, he oversees five program areas, encompassing 555 employees, with an annual operating budget of $110 million.

Deputy Secretary Roberts was appointed to this position in February 2002. Prior to this, he served as Director of DEP’s Bureau of Mining and Reclamation for two years where he developed and revised Pennsylvania’s mining regulations, oversaw federal grants, administered operator assistance programs and served as chairman of the board for Pennsylvania’s Mine Subsidence Insurance program. Before that, he was the Chief of the Permits and Technical Division in the Greensburg Office of District Mining Operations.

A native of Johnstown, Cambria County, Scott once served as curator of the Johnstown Flood Museum. He is a Registered Professional Geologist, with degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and California University of Pennsylvania. Scott lives in New Cumberland, Cumberland County, with his two daughters, Rhiannon and Hannah.

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