MINE RESCUE MASTERY: FALLEN HEROES MINE RESCUE

NAM was on the sidelines of this year’s Fallen Heroes Mine Rescue Contest, which brought together more than two dozen teams from the Appalachian region together to show off their best skills. Hosted at the West Virginia Training and Conference Center and nearby Chief Logan Recreation Center in the heart of southern West Virginia, and hosted by the Central Appalachia…

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Countdown in motion for SME/PCMIA in Steel City

Annual two-day event has a packed schedule of presentations on safety, engineering projects, critical minerals and more. By Donna Schmidt The Pittsburgh chapter of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) and the Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America (PCMIA) are putting the final components in place for their annual joint meeting and conference, set for October 26-27 in…

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Fallen Heroes Mine Rescue Contest just days away

As the North American industry nears the end of its peak mine rescue competition season, there is one more sizable contest to be held: the Fallen Heroes Mine Rescue Contest, set for next week in southern West Virginia. The third annual event is set for September 11-15 in Logan, with some elements of the competition being held at the nearby…

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Coal’s headwinds – and future – close to mind in Charleston

The West Virginia Coal Association annual symposium bounced the balance of market, fossil fuels’ public perception and the industry’s plans to charge toward prosperity, environmental optimism and safety in Charleston April 18-19. By Donna Schmidt With a change of venue this year to the conference hall of the capital city’s Embassy Suites, the West Virginia Coal Association (WVCA) brought together…

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CONSOL Energy taps Thakkar for president, CFO

American coal operator CONSOL Energy has promoted Mitesh Thakkar to the seat of president, in addition to his current position as chief financial officer (CFO), as part of the company’s long-term succession planning. His promotion was unanimously approved by the CONSOL Energy board on January 19. In addition to his current CFO responsibilities, Thakkar will lead the teams responsible for…

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First coal leaves New Consol mine

Consol Energy’s newest mine, the Itmann coal complex in Wyoming County, West Virginia, has commissioned its preparation plant and has loaded and shipped its first train. The plant started operating in late September. The first loaded train left Oct. 12. When fully operational, Itmann No. 5 is expected to produce about 900,000 tons annually of premium low-vol metallurgical coking coal…

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