TX Mining Monthly
February 2021
We all know the issues that we faced last year with COVID-19 and the impact it had on our daily lives from toilet paper shortages, to wearing masks everywhere we go, to people working from home, or worse, losing their job. For the aggregates industry in Texas, there were challenges in keeping workers and customers safe, not knowing if jobs were going to be cancelled due to available funding, or if the supply chains would be impacted.
Happy Valentine’s Day...or month! My hope is that you, your families and workers are all safe and well! Our THEME for this eNewsletter is "Constructing our Future." I hope you’ve already read the piece provided by Steve Eckert, our Vice Chairman and Board Member representing Capitol Aggregates. It makes sense that a TMRA Aggregate Industry Member would be our lead for "Constructing our Future" as that industry certainly plays an indispensable part in construction of all types.
Please join us for a joint regional meeting between Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute and Texas Mining & Reclamation Association to be held at The Cascades Golf & Country Club in Tyler, Texas. The Cascades Club golf course, re-designed by PGA Tour player Mark Hayes provides a fun experience for players at any skill level, features an immaculately groomed 18-hole championship facility. Click below for more details!
The COVID-19 Mine Worker Protection Act will require the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to provide mineworkers with safeguards by working with operators and miners to establish a plan to tackle occupational coronavirus exposure and provide miners with the requisite personal protective equipment (PPE). In addition, frameworks for documenting, reporting, investigating, and analyzing COVID-19 data among miners would be developed. Click below to read more.
You may not realize just how important it is to share mining’s message or that it impacts less than 0.5% of the total USA land area. Check out this video and forward it to your friends if you like it. Thank you for your help in spreading an awareness of the Importance of Mining. Robert W. Schafer, 2020 SME President
ROMCO Equipment Company
Waukesha-Pearce Industries, LLC
Industry News
A recent study in the Cardiovascular Research journal trumpeted a staggering claim: According to new calculations, more than 3.6 million people died in 2015 as a result of air pollution from fossil fuels. The problem? It’s blatantly untrue.
A new report from the Sierra Club finds that dozens of the nation’s utilities plan on running their existing coal plants well beyond 2030. This is apparently devastating news for the Sierra Club’s "beyond coal" crowd, but for most Americans it should be a reminder of the incredibly important role coal continues to play in providing affordable and reliable power.
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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Twenty-nine miners died on the job in 2020, marking the sixth straight year the annual total has remained below 30, the Mine Safety and Health Administration announced Jan. 13. Although last year’s fatality total represents a 7.4% increase from the 2019 total of 27, MSHA reports that coal miners represented five of the 2020 deaths – "a historic low."
Legislative Update
Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg was confirmed as secretary of transportation by a vote of 86-13. A former rival of President Biden’s for the Democratic presidential nomination, Buttigieg is the youngest member of Biden’s Cabinet at age 39. He will take the reins at a sprawling agency, with jurisdiction over everything from federal highways to pipelines, air traffic and railroads, employing some 55,000 people.
A recent Time Magazine article captured the latest challenge to Coal, and now oil and natural gas, too. The headline from Time Magazine’s story on the flurry of climate change executive orders by President Biden last week puts it this way: "Biden’s Biggest Climate Move: Signaling That Fossil Fuels are not the Future" Click below to learn more.
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Jan 2021
TMRA has added events for 2021 to its meeting calendar that now goes through the end of the year. Click below to see all events and stay updated!
Mar 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mar 2021
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Apr 2021
April 21–22, 2021
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