Search Results Archives: January 2012

January 19, 2012

Proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) for the Mining Voice in the Workplace Survey; Comment Request

Editor’s Note:  The Center of Regulatory Effectiveness has extensive experience in Paperwork Reduction Act issues.  CRE officials played a crucial role in developing the PRA.


Proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) for the Mining Voice in the Workplace Survey; Comment Request

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

January 18, 2012

IEA report sees no let-up in world’s appetite for coal over next 5 years – Medium-Term Coal Market Report 2011 also addresses global implications of Chinese coal demand

Editor’s Note:  The healthy long-term demand for coal highlights the ongoing need for ensuring miner safety.

Paris — Global demand for coal will continue to expand aggressively over the next five years despite public calls in many countries for reducing reliance on the high-carbon fuel as a primary energy source, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a new annual publication, Medium-Term Coal Market Report 2011, released today.

January 12, 2012

Modern coal mining is essential for the future

From: Kentucky Kernel

Coal — is it, as some claim, destroying our land and health? Or is coal going to continue to be the future of energy for years to come, as others claim?

Kathryn Gardner

As the president of UK’s Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration and a mining engineering senior, I feel it is important for people to understand the modern mining industry.

The coal industry has had dark days in the past, tainting public opinion of the industry as a whole, yet many do not realize those days have passed.

January 5, 2012

Mining accidents down in 2011 from 2010


BOISE — Mining is a dangerous job here in Idaho.

Nationally, there were 21 coal miners killed on the job in 2011, down from 48 in 2010. This is the second lowest annual death count since the federal government started keeping track over a century ago.

But for the gold and silver mines, like Lucky Friday Mine in northern Idaho, there were 16 deaths this year, including two Idaho men. According to the Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, there were 23 deaths in 2010.

In April, 53-year-old Larry Marek died when the section of the mine he was working caved-in.