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120th National Western Mining Conference & Exhibition

 

CMA’s 120th National Western Mining Conference & Exhibition was a huge success! With more than 50 engaging speakers presenting a variety of topics, there were many high quality educational opportunities from which to choose.


Keynote speaker, Joe Balash, Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management at the Department of the Interior (DOI), said that the goals set out by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in his first year are still being aggressively pursued, including reorganization of the department’s several bureaus, making the permitting process more responsive and efficient, and possibly relocating portions of the Bureau of Land Management to the West.


“At the Department of the Interior we are looking forward to working with you in the future as we take on challenges for the benefit of the American public. Our approach has included a combination of rule rescissions, review of existing policy, and promulgation of new policy or guidance, all of which aim to reduce unnecessary burdens on those developing our mineral estate on public lands,” Balash said in his opening remarks.


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Exhibit Hall and 2018 Conference Sponsors 

47 industry partners filled the exhibit hall with the latest products, services and technologies.  View the floor plan here. CMA would also like to extend sincere thanks to all of our 2018 sponsors.


The I Dig Mining Welcome Reception in the exhibit hall provided a great opportunity for attendees to mingle with their colleagues as well as visit with conference exhibitors.

 
     

 



Environmental Stewardship Award Banquet

On Wednesday evening we recognized our colleagues in the industry and their achievements in environmental protection. Martha Rudolph, Director of Environmental Programs at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment and Doug Benevento, EPA Region 8 Administrator, provided updates on initiatives and activities for their respective agencies.

 

Congratulations to our 2017 award recipients:

HARDROCK

Senior Participant: Climax Mine, Climax Molybdenum Company
Senior Participant: Henderson Operations, Climax Molybdenum Company 
Best of the Best, Hardrock: Cripple Creek and Victor Mine, Newmont (view video)


COAL

Senior Participant: Colowyo Mine, Colowyo Coal Company L.P.
Senior Participant: New Horizon Mine, Elk Ridge Mining & Reclamation, LLC
Senior Participant: Trapper Mine, Trapper Mining Inc.
Senior Participant: Foidel Creek Mine, Twentymile Coal, LLC
Participant: Bowie No. 2 Mine, Bowie Resources, LLC
Best of the Best, Coal: West Elk Mine, Mountain Coal Company, LLC (view video)

 

Best of the Best awards are presented to companies that demonstrate high standards of environmental stewardship and this year were showcased through video presentation. View the Best of the Best videos here.


Reclamation & Safety Awards Closing Luncheon
CMA joined with the Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety to recognize the accomplishments of the industry Thursday afternoon. Ginny Brannon, Deputy Director and Division Director of Reclamation, Mining and Safety, Department of Natural Resources and David Zatezalo, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health at the Mine Safety and Health Administration, addressed luncheon attendees.
 

Congratulations to our 2017 award recipients:

EXCELLENCE IN HARDROCK RECLAMATION
Cripple Creek and Victor Mine, Newmont

EXCELLENCE IN COAL RECLAMATION
Colowyo Coal Company L.P.
Golden Eagle Mine, New Elk Coal Company, LLC
Roadside North and South Portal Mines, Snowcap Coal Company, Inc.
Trapper Mine, Trapper Mining Inc.

 

OUTSTANDING SAFETY PERFORMANCE 
American Gypsum Company
Colowyo Mine, Colowyo Coal Company L.P.
Cripple Creek and Victor Mine, Newmont
King II Mine, GCC Energy, LLC
New Horizon Mine, Elk Ridge Mining & Reclamation, LLC
West Elk Mine, Mountain Coal Company, LLC

EXCELLENCE IN SAFETY INNOVATION
Matt Huff, Colowyo Mine, Colowyo Coal Company L.P.

EXCELLENCE IN INDIVIDUAL SAFETY
Nate Bailey, Cripple Creek and Victor Mine, Newmont
Douglas Means, Climax Mine, Climax Molybdenum Company
Christopher Schmitz, Climax Mine, Climax Molybdenum Company
Dan Faucett, Colowyo Mine, Colowyo Coal Company L.P.
Jake Behunin, Cripple Creek and Victor Mine, Newmont
Jofree Duran, Cripple Creek and Victor Mine, Newmont
Tim LaMere, Cripple Creek and Victor Mine, Newmont
Ben Larson, Cripple Creek and Victor Mine, Newmont
Greg Raley, Cripple Creek and Victor Mine, Newmont

 

Save the Date! 2019 Smart Mining: Resources for a Connected World

Mark your calendar for the 2019 SME Annual Conference & Expo and CMA 121st National Western Mining Conference in Denver, February 24-27 at the Colorado Convention Center. Join more than 6,000 of your peers—the mining industry’s best and brightest—at the 2019 conference! Visit www.smeannualconference.com for important updates. 


Submissions for CMA presentations for the 2019 conference are now open. Click here to submit.

 
 
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