Presentations discuss the latest developments related to longwall mining

The biannual Longwall USA Conference & Exposition kicks off on Tuesday, June 12 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The event, which combines a healthy exposition with a continuing education program, caters to professionals involved in underground coal mining operations with an emphasis on longwall mining methods. Over the course of three days, the technical program offers four technical sessions — Equipment and Lifecycle Improvements; Health and Safety and Training; Mine Development and Planning; and Operating Efficiencies. In each of the sessions, presenters from the mines and the service side of the business offer ideas on how to operate longwall mines more safely and efficiently.

On Wednesday, June 13, Hal Quinn, president and CEO for the National Mining Association, will deliver a keynote address at a luncheon where Coal Age will recognize the top-performing U.S. longwall mines. After the keynote lunch, a panel discussion has been organized where four executives from companies that currently employ longwall mining will discuss sustainability and other issues longwall miners face today.

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