117th National Western Mining Conference To Feature Latest Developments in Colorado Mining, Mine Expansions


The 117th National Western Mining Conference & Exhibition, to be held jointly with the SME Annual Membership Meeting February 15-18, 2015 at the Colorado Convention Center, will feature the very latest developments in Colorado mining, including planned expansions and other opportunities throughout the west.

Rob Scargill, Regional Director, North America, ENIRGI Group, which owns a diverse portfolio of resources including sodium bicarbonate projects in western Colorado, will outline the company’s plans for increasing the production and shipment of baking soda to global markets.    According to the Bureau of Land Management, Natural Soda LLC is proposing increasing its production at its facility 37 miles southwest of Meeker from 250,000 tons per year to 500,000 per year.

Jim Miller, General Manager, Mountain Coal Company, LLC, West Elk Mine, a subsidiary of Arch Coal, the nation’s second leading coal producer, will join Scargill on the panel.   The West Elk Mine, which earned the coveted Sentinels of Safety Award, is the state’s second most productive operation, and has maintained productivity in the face of market challenges.

The conference will also feature presentations on Denver’s leading role in the global marketplace, with updates from Kinross Gold on February 16, which recently relocated its corporate offices to Denver.   David Carlile, Vice President, Ambre Energy, will discuss the critical role that the Millennium Bulk Terminal Project is expected to play in the export market for coal.

Regulatory and environmental sessions will round out the CMA event.   For the complete program, click here.