TX Mining Monthly
October 2019
October is an important milestone in TMRA’s Year! This is a time when TMRA Members and Guests come together at our Annual Meeting to Evaluate our year, Plan for 2020, Recommit to and Support our TMRA Goals and Objectives and Celebrate where we are as a TEAM! The Historic Hotel Galvez is THE place to be!
Mobile phones have evolved from simple communication devices into multifunction smartphones. As the phones have become more complex, the list of elements needed to create them has grown. Today, about 75 different elements are needed to meet all the special functions of our "phones." Source: Aggregates Manager
ROMCO Equipment Company
Waukesha-Pearce Industries, LLC
Industry News
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced 32 winners for $56.5 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects for advanced coal technologies and research under six separate funding opportunity announcements.
The International Energy Outlook provides an analysis of long-term world energy markets in 16 regions through 2050.

It’s not too late! The Annual Meeting will be held October 20-22 at the Hotel Galvez in Galveston. If you still want to attend, please email Cathy Pierce (cathy.pierce@tmra.com) or call 903-238-6624 as soon as possible. You don’t want to miss playing golf at the Galveston Country Club or fishing in the Galveston Bay. What about Fun Night at The Bryan Museum? We’ve got speakers and presenters at the Tuesday meeting, and we have bidders and buyers at the auction Tuesday night. Come be a part of this annual event!

Benchmark Industrial Services Kiewit Mining Group
Blanton & Associates Inc Komatsu Mining Group
BOSS Crane & Rigging Luminant
Buffalo Industrial Supply Inc North American Coal - Sabine Mine
Certified Laboratories North American Mining Company
Engineering Resources LLC Pickett Industries
HDR Rimpull Corporation
HOLT CAT Russell & Sons
HYTORC Waukesha Pearce Industries Inc.
Industrial Lubricant Company Whitmore
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Monitor Technologies, LLC
Meet the Teacher
Reminder: Our TMRA Annual Meeting Auction funds our "Best in the Country" Teacher Education Workshops so, your choice, you can participate or lose your right to complain!
Sponsor a Teacher
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.
Regulatory Update
The National Mining Association (NMA) last week filed comments supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule that found that the risk posed by electric power generation, transmission, and distribution facilities does not warrant financial responsibility requirements under Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). In evaluating this sector, EPA relied on a risk approach comparable to the one that NMA successfully advocated during the first CERCLA 108(b) rulemaking on the hardrock mining industry.
Electricity has killed three people in the mining industry since August 7, 2019, so the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued best practices for preventing electrical accidents.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued a Fire Safety Alert – Underground Diesel Equipment after an underground equipment fire occurred on a diesel-powered water car. No miners were injured in the incident.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Fatality Alert after a foreman with six years of mining experience was fatally injured while exiting the longwall face at a mine in Pennsylvania. The victim was struck and covered by a portion of mine rib.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Fatality Alert after an electrician was electrocuted while troubleshooting the electrical circuit for the scrubber on a continuous mining machine. He was working on the Number 1 Section, 007-0 MMU when the accident occurred.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Fatality Alert after a 32-year old general manager/owner was killed when he was struck by a hydraulic breaker. The victim and the excavator operator were in the process of positioning the excavator for a motor exchange when the hydraulic breaker attachment fell off the excavator and hit the victim.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a Fatality Alert after a 22-year-old contractor with three years of experience was fatally injured when he was pinned between a front-end loader and a concrete block.
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