TX Mining Monthly
November 2020
John Maxwell stated – "Change is inevitable. Growth is optional". Some changes are hard, some are easy. Some are spontaneous, some are planned. Every year at this time, planned changes occur within the TMRA organization. New leadership for committees, renewed strategies for the coming year and a fresh look at our mission. All of these are important to the continued growth of our group.
With the Planning, Commitment and Care of TMRA Members and Leadership, our 2020 Annual Meeting at The Horseshoe Bay Resort was a Resounding Success! While we were limited in scope and participation because of COVID-19, we nonetheless, once again, had strong Member Support and, yes, even from many that couldn’t attend!
First and foremost, TMRA can never thank and recognize Francye Hutchins enough for the exemplary education program she has built, managed, and expanded over the past 29 years. It is a program dedicated to educating science teachers about our industry that is recognized throughout the state as the best program of its kind for science teachers. Educators that have attended the TMRA teacher workshops will tell you that there is not another program like it in the state.
Francye Hutchins has been the Education Director for 25-plus years and is responsible for TMRA’s great teacher education program. Francye is retiring at the end of this year and Cheryl Allison is now the Director of Education for TMRA and was responsible for the education program this year. Cheryl’s educational background and energetic approach to education will continue and enhance a very successful program that will be valuable to TMRA and TACA for many years to come.
The 2020 TMRA golf tournament was held on Monday, October 16 at the Apple Rock golf course at the Horseshoe Bay Resort. As always, the tournament was a big success and everyone had fun, fellowship, and enjoyed a beautiful day of golf. I would like to thank our sponsors and everyone that contributed door prizes for the tournament.
On October 19 at its Annual Meeting in Horseshoe Bay, the Texas Mining and Reclamation Association (TMRA) named Texas State Rep. Cole Hefner [House District 5] as its 2020 Legislator of the Year. The award is in recognition of the representative’s support for Texas mining. TMRA is the state’s leading mining industry association, representing more than 130 companies and individual members.
ROMCO Equipment Company
Waukesha-Pearce Industries, LLC
Industry News
As gas prices recover and trade as high as the $3-mark this week, one predictable consequence is the return of gas-to-coal fuel switching for power generation in several key areas of the country. The analysis pictured in the chart below tracks coal’s share of power generation relative to gas in the ISO regions of PJM, MISO, and SPP. This metric tends to rise as gas prices increase, and since October 9th it has been doing just that.
US railroad coal volumes are expected to jump over the next year following better demand conditions, albeit only temporarily, the Benchmark Company said this week." On the utility coal side, we think 2021 volumes will also increase on very easy comps, better natural gas prices, normal winter weather, and improved electric demand," Benchmark said in its CSX, Union Pacific and Norfolk Southern reports. "While that's likely a temporary bump, it should help sentiment. We have US utility coal demand rising 12.5% in 2021.
We are in the process of developing a social media campaign for our Facebook and Twitter social media channels – #TheFutureIsBright – to highlight how you, a TMRA member, are supplying the power and materials that ensure a bright future as we move into 2021.
Email Christian Goff at cgoff@pureenergypr.com to learn more or to submit your photo. 
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The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) has recently announced the winners of its 2020 Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards. The awards are presented to the coal mining companies that achieve the most exemplary coal mine reclamation in the nation. Past winners have demonstrated a commitment to sound mining practices and effective reclamation plans that enhanced the post-mining use of the land.
With the support of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), researchers from the University of North Dakota (UND) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) identified unique pathways and pretreatments to extract rare earth elements (REEs) from low-rank coal (LRC) ash.
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