The Mining in Colorado
session of CMA’s 117th
National Western Mining Conference & Exhibition will kick off at 1:30 p.m. February 16. Later that afternoon, CMA President Stuart Sanderson will report on the state of Colorado’s mining industry.Want to learn more about the minerals produced in Colorado and where the state ranks? This session will summarize important developments in Colorado’s coal, metals, stone, sand and gravel industries. Which sectors are growing? Learn more about mine expansions on Colorado’s western slope and Colorado’s export coal markets.Want to know what lies ahead for copper? Joshua Olmstead, Senior Vice President, Freeport McMoRan, will provide the insights on world copper markets from the perspective of one of the world’s largest producers.
CMA’s annual report and agenda can be downloaded here and will be distributed at the meeting. Your member login is required to download the Annual Report and Agenda. See you soon!
Tuesday, February 17, 9 a.m.
Colorado – Home Base and Hot Spot for Worldwide Mining
Colorado is home to world class mining operations, but Denver’s vast infrastructure of mining expertise supports mining throughout the world. Denver is home to the Denver Gold Group; whose membership includes nearly 90% of the world’s publicly traded gold and silver producers. Tim Wood, Executive Director, will discuss how trends in the gold industry will influence merger and acquisition activity in 2015. Lauren Roberts, Senior Vice President Americas, Kinross Gold, a major gold producer, will discuss how relocating to Denver fit in with the company’s plan to streamline its organization and grow its worldwide operations.
The Denver area is also the location of the Colorado School of Mines, one of the world’s preeminent educational institutions. Dr. Priscilla Nelson, Mining Department Head, will discuss the important steps the school is taking to make Mining Engineering “the profession of choice” and to build win-win partnerships with industry and other universities world-wide. The ground breaking programs at Mines will shape the education of future engineers and help them develop game-changing knowledge.
Building the Capacity to Export Coal – Coal exporters faces numerous logistical challenges. More than 22% of the world’s coal is located in Wyoming, with additional significant deposits in Colorado and the west. Yet 70% of the world’s demand lies in the Pacific Rim. How do shippers meet that demand? David Carlile, Vice President Ambre Energy will address the status of the Millennium Bulk Terminal Project, which is designed to facilitate the export of clean western coal. What does this mean for Colorado exporters? The session will provide some interesting insights and answers.
Tuesday, February 17, 1:30 p.m.
Environmental and Regulatory Challenges – What’s the Latest?
Conference Chairman Bob Comer, Norton, Rose Fulbright law firm, will lead a discussion on environmental and regulatory challenges facing the industry, from the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and its impact on workforce safety policies; to the latest on climate regulation.
Wednesday February 18, 9 a.m.
The Natural Resource Debate and What It Means for Mining
This session will review the latest developments on the controversies associated with oil and gas development in Colorado, and what it means for mining.