TX Mining Monthly
May 2019
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Far too long have our Members, our Industries, sat back and "assumed" all would work out. We were busy and profitable. We were responsible and provided necessary goods and services. We were great employers and well respected in our communities. So, what happened?
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 Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute (RMCMI) and Texas Mining and Reclamation Association (TMRA) held another successful joint meeting April 24-26 at Hideaway, Texas. We were pleased to host almost 100 people to enjoy networking with their colleagues, listen to excellent speakers, and provide support for the industry. This meeting also included a golf tournament with approximately 50 players.
TMRA joined with Life:Powered.org to produce short informative videos about the importance of fossil fuel energy, showing how abundant, reliable and affordable energy helps us live longer and live better. Below is a link to each of the four videos.
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ROMCO Equipment Company
Waukesha-Pearce Industries, LLC
Industry News
Texas will need a lot of infrastructure material to satisfy the state’s unprecedented growth, which is approximately 1,400 people moving to the state every day. To highlight that fact, the Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association (TACA) has launched the WeRTexas campaign to build awareness of the aggregates, concrete, cement and other associated industries, with a spotlight on the employees who make it possible.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey’s annual Mineral Commodity Summaries report, our nation still relies on foreign imports for most of the minerals needed for our national defense and economy. The 2019 report shows the U.S. is 100 percent import reliant for 18 minerals, 14 of which have been deemed "critical" by the Secretaries of Defense and the Interior. In total, the U.S. is more than 50 percent import reliant for 29 of the 35 minerals designated as "critical." Despite a domestic abundance of many of these minerals and metals, our reliance on foreign sources continues.
America needs a new political discourse on hard-rock mining. Several recent assessments have concluded that meeting America’s growing need for minerals will be impossible without rapid growth in mining. But a high percentage of minerals critical to U.S. manufacturing and the defense industry are imported, and that’s worrisome.
With less than a month before the 86th Texas Legislative Session ends, the TMRA Government Affairs Team continue to monitor and influence bills that impact our Members. With the pending end of the Session coming the statutory deadlines that can determine a bills’ fate are upon us.
Komatsu Mining
Meet the Teacher
The TMRA Teacher workshops are scheduled. All but two of the workshops are filled and have a waiting list. We have three or so openings for one of the coal workshops at this time.
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Regulatory Update
If you are concerned about global warming, you should join with our recent presidents in supporting part of the solution as close as our own backyard. Among all the debate surrounding climate change, common sense would suggest that support for nuclear power would be something almost all parties could embrace.
The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to support the replacement of the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule with an improved rule. In addition to providing clarity for regulators and operators, NSSGA’s comments include member examples showing the unreasonable effects of poor regulations.
Educating the public about the importance of aggregates to their everyday life is an important mission for many aggregate producers. From open houses to school visits, explaining why aggregates operations exist and how they improve communities is a long-term investment.
A Texas coal company recognized by Railroad Commissioners for transforming mined acreage into wildlife habitat has now received a national award. The Interstate Mining Compact Commission selected the Sabine Mining Co. for its Annual National Mine Reclamation Award in the Coal Category.
Recruitment and Hiring
Following the gender session held this at this year's PDAC, where gender balance in the industry and the #MeTooMining initiative were discussed, the Responsible Mining Foundation issued a summary report related to the topic. The summary is based on a chapter of RMF's 2018 Responsible Mining Index and it presents an assessment on the performance of 30 of the most important mining companies in the world when it comes to the properly integrating women into their workforce.
Like most businesses, mining organizations around the world are always looking for the next way to put themselves ahead of their competitors, improve safety standards, or reduce their costs and improve operations. Such thinking sometimes requires rethinking and redesign of the structure of the business and its operations. Today, many organizations are looking towards digital and mobility, in an attempt to improve their efficiency and reduce costs.
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May 2019
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Jun 2019
NMA is pleased to announce the Uranium Recovery Workshop (URW) 2019 – June 3-4 at the Grand Hyatt Denver in downtown Colorado.
Oct 2019
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