TX Mining Monthly
December 2018
An abundance of thanks to all in the TMRA family! I’m amazed year after year how all the moving parts of the Association produce such an excellent value product to TMRA members. The phrase "you get out of it what you put into it" definitely holds true in the case of TMRA.
To our TMRA Family, THANKS! Thanks for being a part of this TEAM, our efforts, struggles and successes. While it shouldn’t, I’m still amazed at the heart and soul of those committed to TMRA and, really, what that means to our Texas families, economy, construction, mining, energy generation and related industries.
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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The recent TMRA 2018 Annual Meeting, held at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa near Bastrop, TX, was both educational and fun. The attendance was great and the level of Sponsorships and Education/Outreach Auction participation were well over expectations. Texas teachers and students will benefit from your generosity. Thanks to all who participated! Click below to see a selection of images from the event!




ROMCO Equipment Company
Waukesha-Pearce Industries, LLC
Welcome New Members
For over 60 years, Tesmec has designed, manufactured and sold trenching machines, products and integrated solutions for construction, maintenance and efficiency of utilities, Oil & Gas, renewables and infrastructures related to the transport and distribution of energy, data, and material.
Industry News
Ur-Energy Inc. and Energy Fuels Inc. recently hosted a team of U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) Section 232 investigators at four uranium mines and mills in Utah and Wyoming. The tour was part of DOC's Section 232 investigation into the effects on national security of today's high levels of uranium imports into the U.S.

As we prepare for the next legislative session the TMRA Government Affairs committee is cultivating and providing industry education to seasoned and new member relationships. Also, we are working in concert with the TMRA Board of Directors on the end of session Sine Die party. As we look forward, we have to look at some highlights from 2018.
Looking back at 2018 — it was an excellent year for TMRA’s Teacher Workshops. We had over 100 teachers attend 5 workshops. And none of these workshops would be possible without the support and help of TMRA members. Especially those mining sites that hosted tours and provided experts to share with the attendees.
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.
Transport and haulage remain some of the most dangerous jobs in mining, with most fatalities and accidents occurring when humans work with vehicles. With opportunities for driverless vehicles on the rise, truck manufacturer ETF is optimistic about the future of automation, but questions remain as to how ready the mining industry is to implement autonomous technology on a large scale.
Other than water, there is very little in the world more boring than sand. Yet, both have captured the attention of the oil and gas industry for their role as crucial ingredients in the drilling and completion of a shale well. Sustained oil and gas production combined with an escalating increase in lateral length and proppant intensity is driving "extreme" demand for frack sand.
Legislative Update
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) proposed definition of "waters of the U.S." (WOTUS) provides long-overdue clarity regarding the scope of federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction, and restores the appropriate balance between state and federal authority over waterways, the National Mining Association (NMA) said recently.

Secretary Perry recently spoke at the Future of Electricity Forum hosted by the Consumer Energy Alliance in Washington, D.C.  He talked about the current power system in the United States, as well as the future of the electrical grid and America’s energy sector. The Secretary stressed DOE's commitment to energy diversity, energy security, and investments in energy infrastructure so that all Americans have access to affordable and reliable energy. Watch the video here.

Secretary Perry made a surprise stop on Capitol Hill this week, swinging by DOE's and X-Energy’s Atomic Wings Lunch and Learn on Public and Private Partnerships in Nuclear Energy. He joined Rep. Fleischmann, Senator Young, and many Hill staffers in a conversation about advancing new nuclear technologies and opportunities.
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