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Awards- July-August 2017

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Top US Underground Mines Recognized at Longwall USA

Coal Age presented Top Performers Awards to three leading U.S. longwall operators at the 2017 Longwall USA Conference & Exhibition, which took place during June in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The awards are based on three criteria: safety performance, overall production and productivity (raw tons per day). Consisting of a bronze medallion crafted by the late mining sculptor Gary Prazen and mounted on a walnut plaque, the Longwall USA Top Performers Awards are presented to the best mine in three categories: low (less than 72 inches), medium (73-95 inches) and high (96 inches and greater). The performance criteria are based on the intervening years between Longwall USA conferences. In this case, it would be 2016 and 2015 data.

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Awards- June 2017

ASTM International Gives Out RA Glenn Award

Stephen R. Smith, engineering manager for Coalsmith Consultants, in Hixson, Tennessee, has received the R.A. Glenn Award from ASTM International’s Committee on Coal and Coke. The committee recognized Smith for his outstanding service and active participation in the work of the Committee on Coal and Coke, as well as the deep appreciation from the officers and members for his efforts and accomplishments. He has been a member of the Committee on Coal and Coke since 1987.

Smith, engineering manager for Coalsmith Consultants, previously worked for Tennessee Valley Authority as a senior chemist, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, as well as a master’s degree in engineering management, both from the University of Tennessee, in Chattanooga.


Arch Coal Honors Teachers in Wyoming and West Viriginia

Arch Coal recently named 10 outstanding classroom teachers in Wyoming and West Virginia as recipients of the prestigious Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. Each teacher was honored at a special assembly held in front of students, peers, family and friends at his or her individual school.

“A state cannot have high-achieving students without first having excellent classroom teachers who make a difference in children’s lives every day,” said John W. Eaves, CEO, Arch Coal. “This year’s Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award recipients represent the many outstanding educators who strive daily to mold our future leaders and to inspire them to live up to their highest potential. We are pleased to recognize these educators for their significant and valuable contributions, and we congratulate them on their professionalism, commitment to high standards and unflagging enthusiasm for educating students.”

The public nominates teachers for the annual award, and a panel of past award recipients selects the top 10 from each state among all those completing the application process. In addition to the public recognition, each teacher is presented with a personal cash award and a distinctive trophy.


Tug Valley Mining Institute Awards Annual Scholarships

On May 18 at the Tug Valley Mining Institute (TVMI) dinner meeting, six 2017 scholarships were awarded. The two top $8,000 scholarships were awarded to Megan Cooper, Belfry High, and Aerianna McClanahan, Mingo Central. Four $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Brandon Booth, Belfry High; McKenzie Bentley, Phelps High; Ashton Sparks, Logan High; and Camron Sweat, Logan High.

The guest speaker was Dr. Jerome Gilbert, president of Marshall University. Dr. Gilbert discussed the many opportunities available at Marshall, including several initiatives in the southern West Virginia area with local schools and colleges. JH Fletcher Mining Machinery sponsored the meeting and has been a long-time supporter of the scholarship program.

Over the last 19 years, TVMI has awarded 123 students $288,250 in scholarship money. The TVMI scholarship is open to students from Mingo, Logan, Wayne, Pike, and Martin counties. The applications are available in November of each year.

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Awards- April 2017

 

Three Contura Operations Recognized for Safety and Health

Contura Energy reported that three affiliate operations have received the Mine Safety and Health Training Award from the Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC). The awards were presented on April 4, 2017 in Williamsburg, Va. at the IMCC annual awards banquet. Dickenson-Russell Contura, LLC’s McClure River Plant and Paramont Contura, LLC’s Toms Creek Complex, were honored in the surface coal division, while Paramont Contura, LLC’s Deep Mine No. 41 received the award in the underground coal division.

Each year, the IMCC recognizes excellence in mine safety and health training programs and materials, with nominees considered on a variety of criteria related to promoting a safer work environment and addressing potential safety issues. Training materials are also evaluated on their uniqueness, ability to be easily understood by the workforce, and likelihood of increasing awareness of safety concepts and issues.

“Training and preparedness are critical parts of safe and successful operations,” said Allen Dupree, Contura’s senior vice president for safety and health. “Our safety and operations professionals are always seeking opportunities to sharpen their skills and increase the safety of their work locations. Congratulations go out to everyone at Toms Creek Complex, McClure River Plant, and Deep Mine No. 41 on this well-deserved recognition.”

Toms Creek Complex and McClure River Plant received the coal surface award for their recent hazard training brochures, which include aerial views of plant buildings and location references to first aid supplies, and water access, as well as fuel and chemical storage.

Deep Mine 41 received the coal underground award for its annual retraining materials, which includes an interactive PowerPoint presentation with visual and audio representations of important safety warnings and alarms used at the mine.

 

Awards- March 2017- NASLR Hands Out Awards for Land Reclamation

The National Association of State Land Reclamationists (NASLR) gave out awards at its annual conference held last fall in Bozeman, Montana.

NASLR awards a $1,500 scholarship to a full-time student that focuses on the area of mined land reclamation or a closely related field. The 2016 scholarship was awarded to Florence Miller who just started her graduate work at Montana State University to pursue a master’s degree in land resources and environmental sciences. She conducted her undergraduate studies at California Polytechnic State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Soil Science. For her thesis, she will be examining the potential sources of uranium that currently contaminate drinking water on the Crow Reservation in Montana.

The 2016 Dean Spindler Reclamationist of the Year award winner was Daniel Kestner with the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy. He is the consummate professional in GIS and mapping applications related to mine land reclamation. The Dean Spindler Reclamationist of the Year award was established to recognize exemplary work done by state regulatory professionals in the field of mined land reclamation.

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Awards - November/December 2016

 

10 VA Companies Recognized for Excellence in Coal Mining

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