About The Division of Minerals


To encourage and assist in the responsible exploration for and the production of minerals, oil, gas, and geothermal energy which are economically beneficial to the State, to provide for public safety by identifying, ranking and securing dangerous conditions at mines that are no longer operating, and collecting and disseminating information on exploration, production and related topics.


Rich Perry joined the Division of Minerals as Administrator in 2013. His career includes numerous operating and technical assignments in the mining, water resources and geothermal industries. Prior to his appointment at the Division of Minerals, he worked for the Nevada State Engineer in eastern Nevada. Rich served as Vice-President of North American Operations for Newmont Mining Company from 2001-2005, and as the start-up general manager for Newmont’s Batu Hijau copper mine in Indonesia. Rich is a graduate of the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada, Reno.

What We Do

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 ensure proper management and conservation. Nevada is a member of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.

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.

The Division 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.

Source of Funding

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.