TX Mining Monthly
September 2019
Messages
  
In our organization, safety is often at the forefront of everything we do – as well it should be. Many studies point to the importance of having safety leadership at all levels, which can improve the safety climate and culture of a workplace. Having a strong and healthy safety culture helps lead to an injury-free workplace. This is not only a precursor to superior safety records but to excellence in environmental stewardship and product quality.
  
For ALL TMRA Members, whether Owner/Operator or Support, we all know and understand the importance of both "talking the talk" and "walking the walk" when it comes to safety. So why devote an eNewsletter issue to the topic? Because a focus on safety NEVER hurts. A focus can provoke thought, awareness and yes, even action. Whether I’m privileged to visit a mining operation or whether those opportunities are given to Teachers, Legislators, Local Officials and others, what is consistent is the introduction and reminder on safety policies, procedures and practices.
Features
Thanks to San Antonio Zoo – and supporting organizations like the San Miguel Electric Cooperative (SMEC) – the Texas horned lizard may be making a comeback in central Texas. A benchmark of this project is now underway: the training of "sniffer dogs" to monitor and detect this beloved lizard in its natural habitat.
 
The Palafox Mine is one of three mines formerly operated by Farco Mining Inc. (Farco) at its Texas mining complex, located approximately 31 miles northwest of Laredo. Mining operations at the Palafox Mine began in the early 1970s and ultimately encompassed 2,575 acres. The mine has been reclaimed as pastureland with permanent water resources, achieving Phase III Bond Release in August 2019. This is a rare milestone in Texas, where six other mines – and only one larger in size than Palafox – have received Phase III Bond Release since 1991.
 
Energy Fuels is committed to the operation of its facilities in a manner that puts the safety of its workers, contractors and community, the protection of the environment and the principles of sustainable development above all else. Whenever issues of safety conflict with other corporate objectives, safety shall be the first consideration. Click below to read more about Energy Fuels' policies.
 
ROMCO Equipment Company
Waukesha-Pearce Industries, LLC
Industry News
  
As the old saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. That’s especially true of market power prices these days, as hot summer weather has pushed real-time power prices in Texas to their price cap of $9,000 per megawatt-hour (MWh) twice this week. These were just the second and third times that power prices in the Texas market have ever hit their price ceiling, the first being a ten-minute period in January 2018 when a cold snap caused prices to soar. The ceiling is not easy to hit—it’s about three hundred times higher than prices typically are.
Enchant Energy Corp. recently published a Sargent & Lundy (S&L) engineering report on the feasibility of a carbon capture retrofit project at San Juan Generating Station (SJGS) in New Mexico. Subject to the approval of the city of Farmington, Enchant Energy will acquire a 95% ownership interest in the 847-megawatt (MW) SJGS to coincide with the planned retirement and abandonment of the facility by its current owners, other than Farmington, on July 1, 2022. Read more below, including monthly stats from coal country, in the July/August 2019 issue of Coal Age.
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Monitor Technologies, LLC
Safety
  
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued a Fire Safety Alert – Surface Mine Equipment after documenting nine equipment fires involving Hitachi excavators and shovels and Caterpillar haul trucks, front-end loaders, and dozers since September 2018.
The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General issued a report titled: MSHA Did Not Evaluate Whether Civil Monetary Penalties Effectively Deterred Unsafe Mine Operations. Click below to learn more.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Fatality Alert an equipment operator was fatally injured at Smoky Canyon Mine in Park County, Wy.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration released its Report of Investigation regarding a fall from height fatal injury that occurred at Rogers Group’s West Amarillo Sand & Gravel in Vega, Texas
Reclamation
  
The Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association (TACA) – the leading state trade association for the aggregate, concrete, cement and associated industries – welcomed more than 90 attendees to its Environmental & Sustainability Seminar on Sept. 10-12 at the Marriott Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. At the conference, TACA’s "WIN-WIN-WIN: The Financial and Community Power of Conservation Easements" panel, explored what happens when mining companies consider their post-mining land uses, and – in concert with land trusts – seek to capture the land’s remaining value.
Recruitment and Hiring
  
What will drive the next wave of productivity improvements in the natural resources sector? Historically, improvements have come from the people who work in the sector. People develop new logistics and systems. People invent, adopt, and adapt new tools and technologies. People make decisions and solve problems, day in and day out. Every gain has come from the hard work and good ideas of people who know about mining.
Legislative Update
  
The White House is considering a plan that would have the government directly purchase uranium from U.S. producers as it contemplates ways to revive the flagging domestic mining industry. A group set up by President Donald Trump to study the issue is considering a request by the nuclear industry to use the Defense Production Act, a 68-year-old Cold War-era statute once invoked by President Harry Truman to help the steel industry. The plan calls for requiring the government to buy American uranium to replenish their stockpiles and for other purposes, said Paul Goranson, chief operating officer for Energy Fuels Inc.
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