IMI President Mike Caldwell said that, given the prevailing hostility in Washington toward the coal industry, the 121-year-old event remains relevant as ever. “With the current administration targeting coal, these experts will provide clarity to these issues and others,” he said.

Six presentations are scheduled for each day. These include, Getting Involved in MSHA Training, by Denzil Hughes of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration; Recent Changes to the Illinois SMCRA, by Amanda Pankau and William Leary, HDR Engineering, Murphysboro, Ill.; and Management of Mine Water by Andy Limmer, SCS Aquaterra Fairview Heights, Ill.

Other presenters include Kent Jones, Line Power Manufacturing, who will speak on High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing: Transforming of the Oil and Gas Industry, with Brad Richards of the Illinois Gas and Oil Association; Climate Change: A Review for the Coal Industry, will be hosted by Manoj K. Mohanty and Xinbo Yang of Southern Illinois University Carbondale; and Imminent CO2 Rules and Their Implications for the U.S. Coal in Industry, will be hosted by David Flannery, Jackson Kelly.

Exhibitors and participants may register online. The cost for participants is $100, including access to the trade show, technical sessions, membership meeting and banquet. Vendor information is also online. www.illinoismininginstitute.org