TX Mining Monthly
June 2019
From an ambitious and successful start to 2019 to an ambitious and FULL, EXCITING Summer and Fall of 2019, the TMRA Dance Card is full. It’s up to you, our TMRA Members, prospective members and Partners (TACA, RMCMI and others on this TEAM) to partner up and "dance"! And while there is ALWAYS the need for Commitment, Support and Participation, it is also a great time to say THANKS!
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 86th Texas Legislative session ended on Monday, May 27th and, after 7,541 bills being filed and 1,434 bills being sent to the Governor, there weren’t any that advanced that were adverse to TMRA member companies. Governor Gregg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, and Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) for the majority of the session seemed in speak in unison on the needs of the state. This session the chambers’ focused on property tax reform, school finance reform, Hurricane Harvey relief assistance, and taking care of the "core" issues of the state.
TMRA once again hosted our Sine Die Party on May 27 as our TexLeg Session ended. The event, held at The Long Center overlooking Lady Bird Lake, was fun for all, with more than 950 attending. Even the weather was just what we needed for this outdoor event. Many thanks to ALL our sponsors, including our three co-hosts: Chevron, Engineering Resources and Russell & Sons. Without these three and many more sponsors, including a number of TMRA Members, an event like this would just not be possible. A great time was had as attendees danced away to entertainment that included LC Rocks and the always great Spazmatics. Many thanks to Krissy Lilljedahl and Cathy Pierce for coordinating this very involved effort and our Government Affairs Committee for stepping up with the work of "encouraging" sponsorships.
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Industry News
When Three Mile Island officially shuts down in September, it will mark the end of a noteworthy history — the one where a partial meltdown of the reactor’s core occurred in 1979, which then set in motion a long debate over nuclear energy’s future. Now, though, it is about more than Three Mile Island. It is about the fate of nuclear energy in a carbon-conscious world.
A new report, produced by the National Coal Council at the request of the U.S. Secretary of Energy, states that advancing new markets for coal can enhance U.S. national defense security, bolster the nation's energy and mineral security, enhance the nation's environmental objectives and contribute to America's economic security.
The Texas retail electricity market just shrunk again with the announcement that NRG Energy, the Houston- and New Jersey-based power company, is buying the retail power and natural gas business of Dallas-based Stream Energy in a $300 million all-cash deal.
America’s Power, in conjunction with the Institute for Energy Research (IER), has released a study that analyzes and compares the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) for new and existing sources of electricity. The levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) includes all of the costs (variable and fixed operating and maintenance expenses, capital investments and financing costs) of an electricity source over its lifetime and is a useful way to compare existing power plants to new facilities. The new analysis finds that, on average, the levelized cost of electricity from the coal fleet is less than the levelized cost of new natural gas combined cycle (NGCC), new wind and new solar.
Blue Line Corp., a chemical company based in Texas, is the first and only company outside of China that can process small batches of rare earth. They just partnered with Australian rare earths mining company Lynas to build a processing facility in the U.S.

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Regulatory Update
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) chairman of the Ways & Means Committee’s Tax Policy Subcommittee, and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) ranking member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s Highway & Transit Subcommittee, joined members from the Highway Materials Group for a press conference focused on the impact of a strong federal infrastructure investment and to highlight the need for #InfrastructureNow!
The Trump administration released an updated agenda of pending regulations and upcoming regulatory rollbacks. The agenda provides projected dates on agency priorities for the coming year, but does not include all expected actions. The deadlines listed are dependent on a number of factors and rules, which could cause the actions to be delayed.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Fatality Alert after a crane fell at Millstone Quarry in Oglethorpe County, Ga., killing the operator. On May 13, 2019, a 59-year-old supervisor with 40 years of experience was fatally injured when the stationary crane he was operating fell 85 feet into the quarry.
International technology firm IBM has teamed up with a number of companies, using its Maximo Worker Insights platform to help in the collection of safety data, and ensuring risk-free operations. JP Casey finds out how data fed back to supervisors and safety officials can keep workers out of dangerous environments.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration will be giving up to $400,000 in Brookwood-Sago mine safety grants this year. The deadline to apply for the grants has been extended to June 28.
Recruitment and Hiring
Vistra Energy Corp. today announced the appointment of David A. Campbell as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective June 5, 2019. Campbell replaces outgoing CFO, J. William "Bill" Holden, who has announced his resignation to pursue other opportunities.
As a new era of mining professionals enter the industry, the expectations and motivations of workers are changing. Heidi Vella finds out what a revealing new survey by Mining People International (MPI) has to say on the matter.
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