TX Mining Monthly
September 2021
TMRA Member San Miguel Electric Cooperative gives back to the community in South Texas to help feed the hungry. Employees volunteered at the Bountiful Blessings Community Food Pantry in Pleasanton and also presented the organization with a $5,000 donation as part of SMEC’s CoBank’s Sharing Success charitable program.
TMRA joined with Life:Powered.org to produce short informative videos about the importance of fossil fuel energy, showing how abundant, reliable and affordable energy helps us live longer and live better. Energy fuels what is possible: the freedom to go where we want, live where we choose, and enjoy the things we love the most. A reliable energy supply can feed the hungry, take care of the sick, and ensure a prosperous economic future for society. Click below to learn more and access the videos.

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Hotel Galvez
October 17-19, 2021
Galveston, Texas

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Industry News
The era of cheap natural gas is officially over. According to Bloomberg, a decade of low natural gas prices – driven by surging production from the U.S., Australia and other nations – has finally been overtaken by demand from a recovering global economy. New supply, and the appetite of industry to provide it, isn’t keeping up with soaring demand.
Just a few weeks ago, industry observers declared the end of the era of cheap natural gas. With U.S. natural gas prices soaring past the $4/MMBtu mark and now sitting above $4.60—nearly double what they were this time last year – that call seems increasingly prescient. Not since 2014 have prices been at this level for any sustained period.
Americans have been hoping for economic recovery and a return to normalcy. Instead, they’re experiencing ongoing pandemic concerns and the ravages of wildfires and hurricanes. And adding to their woes, they’re now increasingly worried that the electricity grid on which they depend could fail when they need it most. Washington appears intent on accelerating an energy transition without any serious concern for how to manage the challenges of a grid increasingly reliant on weather-dependent energy sources.
The UK fired up an old coal power plant recently to meet its electricity needs. Warm, still, autumn weather has meant wind farms have not generated as much power as normal, while soaring prices have made it too costly to rely on gas.
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 through 2021.
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Regulatory Update
Fuel diversity, among its many benefits, provides options and flexibility—two things U.S. policymakers and regulators will need to navigate the energy transition. A balanced electricity mix has long underpinned the affordability of the grid and it will remain critical to ensuring both affordability and reliability as the nation pursues aggressive decarbonization goals. A balanced electricity mix that recognizes and accounts for the attributes and limitations of every fuel source is the bridge we need for a careful energy transition.
The National Mining Association (NMA) gathered at MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2021 to honor outstanding achievements in mine safety and technology. A number of Texas companies were recognized for going above and beyond to keep everyone safe. The NMA’s Sentinels of Safety Award recognizes coal and mineral mining operations in 10 categories for recording the most hours in a calendar year without a single lost-time injury. Forty American mining operations – 12 coal mines and 28 mineral/metal mines – were honored with the award recognizing performance in 2019 and 2020.
In the digital period, technology is thoroughly changing how organizations operate. As the population keeps on growing, there is increased pressure on the mining business. With every industry utilizing new technologies to bolster proficiency, cost savings and growth, the mining industry is also in the race. To conduct certain operations and guarantee mining safety, there's a crucial need to introduce underground monitoring and control systems.
Recruitment and Hiring
Women are underrepresented at all levels within mining companies. Yet opportunities remain for the industry to boost female recruitment, retention, and advancement. Women represent an estimated 8 to 17 percent of the global mining workforce. In addition to low labor force participation, the drop-off from entry level to executive for females in mining is among the most dramatic across a number of industries.
Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology have discovered a way to use mining waste as part of a potential cheaper catalyst for hydrogen fuel production. The new catalyst could potentially lower the cost of lithium-ion batteries and other sustainable energy solutions that rely on electrochemical conversions.
In an increasingly connected world, smartphones have become an inseparable part of our lives. Over 60% of the world’s population owns a mobile phone and smartphone adoption continues to rise in developing countries around the world. While each brand has its own mix of components, most smartphones can carry roughly 80% of the stable elements on the periodic table. But some of the vital metals to build these devices are considered at risk due to geological scarcity, geopolitical issues, and other factors.
The playing field where lithium is concerned is shifting rapidly, as the U.S., China and other nations across the globe develop plans to secure the supplies of it to meet their countries’ exploding demand for it and other critical minerals like cobalt, nickel and antimony.
Legislative Update
As part of President Biden’s ambitious plan for the U.S. to effectively address climate change, for the country to transition to net-zero emissions by 2050 there has been a whole-of-government push to incorporate more and more renewable generation into the national grid. However, we must understand that to shift toward renewable sources of electricity, minerals must come out of the ground. Biden administration’s "Made in America, Build Back Better" mindset and methodology should also include "Mined in America."
Buried inside Democrats’ $3.5 trillion reconciliation spending package is legislation that could destroy the global competitiveness of the U.S. mining industry, increasing our alarming over-reliance on mineral imports, and hammering Colorado’s mining workforce and economy.
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