Coal Age produced another successful Longwall USA during June. Overall, the technical program was informative and representatives from almost every U.S. longwall operation were on hand. The cover story this month on the Tunnel Ridge mine is based on a presentation they delivered. It will put to rest any debate about underground coal miners embracing technology and the future impacts of automation. Coal Age also recognized the top three U.S. longwall mines. (See Awards, p. 12.) Hal Quinn, president and CEO of the National Mining Association (NMA), delivered a keynote address that was basically a 180° reversal of the speech he delivered just two years ago (See Dateline Washington, p. 8). His message was change is happening and more is on the way.

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