Distance Prohibition Validation

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Regulations require that no surface coal mining operations be conducted within 100 feet of a public road right-of-way.  (VIP 13)   Compliance with the 100 foot regulation can be checked by using orthorectified satellite imagery and GIS technology.   The figure below shows WorldView-1 imagery, and the public road along with a buffer of 100 feet outside of the right-of way.  A 100 foot buffer can be generated beyond the road right-of-way.  Visual inspection can determine if the mine operation is in compliance. The buffer concept may be used for any distance prohibition reclamation feature whether the feature being analyzed is a point, line, or polygon.

Public Road Distance Prohibition at McKinley Mine site

Public Road Distance Prohibition at McKinley Mine site.