TX Mining Monthly
July 2019
Our July eNewsletter theme is, I hope, both a Reminder and a way to Encourage you and those that you work for or with as we charge into the second half of 2019 and focus on where we need to be in 2020 and beyond. Our path is not easy but there is a path!
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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Under contract with Luminant Mining Company LLC, Blanton & Associates is preparing to conduct a magnetometer (MAG) survey as part of data recovery investigations for a cultural resources site at Bremond Mine in Robertson County, Texas. Studies indicate that the site was first occupied by prehistoric hunter/gatherers around AD 200. The site was most intensively used during the Late Prehistoric Period, roughly between AD 1250 and AD 1400.
The Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association (TACA) – the leading state trade association for the aggregate, concrete, cement and associated industries – welcomed more than 360 attendees to its 65th Annual Meeting June 12-14 at the Gaylord Hotel in Grapevine, Texas. A highlight was the National Industry Leadership panel, which included thought leaders Michael Ireland, president and CEO, Portland Cement Association (PCA); Michael Johnson, president and CEO, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA); and Michael Philipps, president, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA). TACA President David Perkins moderated the panel.
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Industry News
The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc.‘s (SME) Minerals Education Coalition (MEC) released the iconic "Mineral Baby" graphic indicating that the average American born in 2019 will consume 3.19 million pounds of minerals and energy fuels in an average lifetime, an increase of 2,000 pounds when compared to 2018.
U.S. coal stockpiles decreased to 98.7 million tons in February 2019, their lowest value in more than a decade. Total U.S. coal stockpiles have fallen as more coal plants have retired.

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In June, TMRA conducted three teacher workshops, two lignite workshops and one Industrial Minerals.
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Regulatory Update
On June 19, 2019, EPA issued the final Affordable Clean Energy rule (ACE) – replacing the prior administration’s overreaching Clean Power Plan with a rule that restores rule of law, empowers states, and supports energy diversity.
It has long been suspected that renewable portfolio standards are an incredibly costly and inefficient energy policy. Yet, they have grown in popularity and ambition with 29 states and the District of Columbia employing these mandates and policymakers from time to time flirting with a national standard. Suspicion has now been replaced by data.
In redefining "waters of the United States," the Obama Administration failed to follow the Administrative Procedure Act. A federal district court in Texas has held that the Obama Administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act when it adopted a revised definition of "waters of the United States" in 2015, and remanded the so-called WOTUS rule back to the federal agencies from whence it came.
The National Mining Association (NMA) today applauded the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which offers a legal framework to advance the nation’s environmental protections while preserving the rightful authority of the states to manage their own unique energy infrastructure and electric grids.
Shouldn’t Environmental Protection Agency regulations do more good than harm? The agency hasn’t always thought so.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Fatality Alert after a miner was fatally injured when he fell from a man lift at Rogers Group’s West Amarillo Sand & Gravel in Oldham County, Texas. On May 18, 2019, a 34-year-old plant operator with eight years of experience received fatal injuries when he was ejected from a man lift basket while tramming at a height of 28 feet. The miner was wearing a fall protection harness with a retractable lanyard, but it was not secured/tied off to the man lift basket.
Occupational safety in the US mining industry has steadily improved over time, with 85 deaths at work at the turn of the millennium falling to just 27 in 2018; however, the industry continues to struggle to improve the safety performance of machinery and powered haulage.
Recruitment and Hiring
The U.S. Department of Commerce released the interagency report that was submitted to the President pursuant to Executive Order 13817, A Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals. The report contains a government-wide action plan, including recommendations to advance research and development efforts, increase domestic activity across the supply chain, streamline permitting, and grow the American critical minerals workforce.
Komatsu continues moving ahead on a $7.1 million expansion at its South Longview campus. The project, which includes a new parts warehouse and associated offices, will cover about 81,000 square feet.
Benedikt Sobotka, CEO of Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) and co-chair of World Economic Forum’s Global Battery Alliance, looks at what World Youth Skills Day means for the mining sector.
The U.S. is investing heavily to ensure its future coal-fired power fleet will be cleaner, more efficient, and more flexible, experts said at the 9th International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies in Houston on June 4.
The popularity of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) across the mining industry has grown substantially in recent years, with over 60% of mines in Europe and Australia investing in drone technology. The technology has applications across the sector including safety operations, as drones are able to reach areas humans cannot.
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