TX Mining Monthly
October 2018
Service is fundamental in mining; it occurs throughout the industry on a personal as well as a corporate level. It is seldom highlighted and often forgotten but if you look closely, the evidence of a culture of service is overwhelming.
While I'm sure our TMRA Members know the answer, "What's Service Got to Do With It" as it relates to our Members, their Companies, Operations, and TMRA? The answer, really, is everything. TMRA is here, as an Association, to inform, educate and advocate FOR our Members. Our Goal and Mission includes providing these services to our Members. In addition, as you'll see from one of our contributed articles, an important service we provide because of, and with the support of, our Members is Education and Outreach.
A Sun Coast Lubricant Audit May Reduce Costs
Sun Coast Resources Inc.
In dust-laden environments, your heavy equipment is at risk for lubricant contamination that could result in down time and repair costs. If you’re unsure your lubricants are stored properly or even concerned you don’t have the right lubricants to meet OEM requirements, a Sun Coast Certified Lubrication Specialist can conduct a Lubrication Audit. Contact us to schedule today.
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Blanton & Associates holds a special place in our hearts for children and the fight against cancer. So, it made perfect sense to support an organization dedicated to both. Wonders & Worries is a Texas-based 501c3 that helps children process "What’s happening?" to a family member struggling with cancer. As cancer wreaks havoc on every aspect of a family’s well-being, the Wonders & Worries’ support team steps in to help.
Caddo Creek Resources Company looks for opportunities to be a good neighbor to the surrounding area, while we operate the Marshall Mine. One of our neighbors is the Sabine Farms Educational Society. This group maintains the historic Sabine Farms Community Center that was originally built in 1936 and dedicated as an official Texas Historical Site in 2010.
Luminant and its employees have a legacy of supporting community needs, including educational initiatives to develop and inspire future forest scientists and environmental leaders. Through this commitment, over 50 students from Stephen F. Austin State University’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture increased their understanding of mining, reclamation, and post-mine land management by visiting Luminant’s reclaimed mine land in Rusk County this summer as part of their annual six-week Forestry Field Station curriculum.
Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C. has been dedicated since 1984 to giving back to the community. As part of our core values, the Culture Club Committee at Lloyd Gosselink is devoted to organizing charitable events and supporting ongoing volunteer opportunities for our attorneys and staff.
ROMCO Equipment Company
Waukesha-Pearce Industries, LLC
Welcome New Members
Started in 1981 Construction Equipment Company (CEC) has been a leader in the manufacturing of heavy equipment, specializing in high-quality rock crushing, screening, and conveyor systems for quarry, mining, and recycling operations serving customers directly worldwide.
Synagro, one of the country's largest composters, produces and markets AllGro Compost. AllGro is a nutrient-rich source of organic matter that contains both macro and micro nutrients. AllGro is registered with the State as a Commercial Fertilizer. AllGro is used to restore land disturbed by mining and highway construction to establish vegetation, enhance agriculture production, and for erosion control. When used with sound agronomic principles, AllGro provides both immediate and long lasting benefits.
Industry News
With a tight mid-term election just weeks away and a change in control in Congress in the balance, now is the time to provide your employees with election information by urging them to visit www.minethevote.com. Click below to learn more.
Coal serves as the chief source of global energy generation, having produced 38 percent of the world’s electricity last year, according to a report released by the Institute for Energy Research (IER). Officials said coal’s contribution to the world’s energy supply system is 64 percent greater than natural gas, which ranked second in electricity generation worldwide. Countries mainly investing in coal are in Asia and Africa, officials said, with nations on those continents expected to increase coal use for expanding power generation through 2040.
Nearly one-third of U.S. households (31%) reported facing a challenge in paying energy bills or sustaining adequate heating and cooling in their home in 2015, according to the most recent results from EIA’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS). This is just one more very important reason to support the "All of the Above" approach to energy options that provide critical power supplies that are reliable AND affordable while, at the same time, protecting our health & environment.
There is still time to attend the TMRA Annual Meeting. Online registration deadlines have now passed. If you are still interested in attending our Annual Meeting at Hyatt Lost Pines, please contact Cathy Pierce at cathy.pierce@tmra.com or 903-238-6624. Mention that you saw this e-newsletter announcement and your late fee will be waived!
Tex-Con Oil Company
Komatsu Mining
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You can Sponsor A Teacher anytime during the year. This Sponsor A Teacher program gives all members/companies an opportunity to support TMRA’s successful teacher education program. A contribution of $1,500 will sponsor one teacher for a workshop that covers teaching materials, meals, lodging, etc. This is your chance to promote our industry by sponsoring a teacher! To learn more, click below.
Regulatory Update
On Oct. 1, 2018, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will begin actively enforcing the new Workplace Examinations Rule requirements that technically went into effect on June 2. The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) reports that there are some key differences between the old rule and the new rule. Additional information, including FAQs and sample templates for examinations, can be found by clicking below.
Clean air. Clean water. Regulatory relief. These were the three goals President Trump set for Andrew Wheeler, acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), when he called him to asked Wheeler to take the lead at the agency.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), part of the US Department of Labor, has awarded grants worth $10.5m to safety initiatives across the US. In total, the funding will cover 46 US states, the Navajo Nation, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.
The National Mining Association‘s (NMA) Sentinels of Safety Award recognized 20 large and small mining operations (coal and mineral/metal) in 10 categories for recording the most hours in a calendar year (4,000 minimum) without a single lost-time injury in 2017. The prestigious award was initiated in 1925 by then Secretary Herbert Hoover.
Event Recap
Texas Mining and Reclamation Association offers yearly workshops to Texas teachers free of charge. These workshops come at no cost to the educator, and professional development credit is offered to participants for the time they donate during summer break. Participants come from all reaches of the state and range from K-12 educators of different disciplines and experience levels. These workshops are presented at several different types of mining facilities in Texas. The workshops I attended were a coal workshop at Sabine Mine, an Industrial Minerals workshop in Central Texas near Austin, and a uranium workshop based in Corpus Christi, TX this past summer.
Helmets can become far more than merely a piece of safety equipment – with the likes of connected cameras, augmented reality apps, sensors to detect dangerous gases or record heat levels, accelerometers, voice-to-text microphones, and collision-detection to alert miners of any potential threats. Modern, smart helmets represent a hands-free way for miners to improve the way in which they work. The humble helmet sits at the centre of such innovations.
The NIOSH Mining Program, in conjunction with the National Mining Association; the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association; and the Industrial Minerals Association–North America, has recognized the efforts of four organizations for developing new tools and systems or using existing technology in new ways.
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