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(225 ILCS 705/) Coal Mining Act.

225 ILCS 705/Art. 34

    (225 ILCS 705/Art. 34 heading)

225 ILCS 705/34.01

    (225 ILCS 705/34.01) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 3401)
    Sec. 34.01. When any coal mine is worked out or is about to be abandoned or closed indefinitely, the operator shall make a final survey of the mine. The final survey shall show the entire worked out area, and all maps shall be extended to show the final areas.
(Source: Laws 1953, p. 701.)

225 ILCS 705/34.02

    (225 ILCS 705/34.02) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 3402)
    Sec. 34.02. A copy of the final map of an abandoned mine shall be delivered to the Department within 90 days after closing. The Department shall keep the final map as a public document. A copy of the final map of an abandoned mine shall also be sent by the operator to the recorder of the county in which the mine is located, within the time prescribed herein.
(Source: P.A. 83-358.)

225 ILCS 705/34.03

    (225 ILCS 705/34.03) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 3403)
    Sec. 34.03. The shaft, slope, or drift opening into any abandoned mine shall be filled with earth or other material, or be kept permanently enclosed and sealed. The time for completion of this work shall be in the discretion of the State Mine Inspector.
(Source: Laws 1953, p. 701.)

225 ILCS 705/34.03-1

    (225 ILCS 705/34.03-1) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 3404)
    Sec. 34.03-1. Whenever the Department is notified that subsidence is causing damage to surface areas overlying or in the proximity of an abandoned mine, the Mining Board shall hold a public hearing concerning the matter and publish its findings. If the Mining Board finds that subsidence in an abandoned mine has caused or is likely to cause damage to surface structures or constitutes a danger to the health, safety and welfare of the public, and the condition is not remedied within 30 days after publication of the findings, any duly authorized representative of the Department shall have the right, without obtaining further consent, to enter any portion of the abandoned mine by shaft, tunnel or otherwise, to perform refilling or such other remedial work as is deemed necessary by the Department.
    If the Director determines that irreparable injury will result unless immediate action is taken, the entry may be authorized by the Director without notice or hearing for the purpose of taking temporary remedial action to minimize such injury pending the giving of notice and hearing.
(Source: P.A. 80-1.)

225 ILCS 705/34.03-2

    (225 ILCS 705/34.03-2) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 3405)
    Sec. 34.03-2. Nothing in Section 34.03-1 shall relieve any owner or operator otherwise legally responsible from any obligation imposed by law.
(Source: P.A. 80-1.)

225 ILCS 705/34.04

    (225 ILCS 705/34.04) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 3406)
    Sec. 34.04. During pillar recovery in any mine when working places approach within 50 feet of abandoned sealed workings, as shown by surveys made and certified by a competent engineer or surveyor, which may contain dangerous accumulations of water or gas, or within 200 feet of any workings of an adjacent mine, boreholes shall be drilled to a distance of at least 20 feet in advance of the face of such working place. Such boreholes shall be drilled sufficiently close to each other to insure that the advancing face will not accidentally hole through into such workings. Boreholes shall also be drilled not more than 8 feet apart in the rib of such working place to a distance of at least 20 feet and at an angle of 45 degrees. Such rib holes shall be drilled in one or both ribs of such working place as may be necessary for adequate protection of persons working in such place. The above provisions shall apply to any working place in any mine at any time should conditions warrant same in the interest of safety.
(Source: Laws 1957, p. 2413.)