Coal Age

OCT 2015

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O C T O B E R 2 0 1 5 V O L . 1 2 0 N O . 1 0 FEATURE ARTICLES 18 A New Approach to Shaft Development Work Raisebor engineers the largest diameter raise in the Alabama coalfields 23 A Test of Valor The 104 th national mine rescue competition brings dozens of teams to Kentucky to put their skills to the test 26 2015 U.S. Prep Plant Census While a number of plants changed hands, the total number remains relatively stable 34 A Different Perspective NIOSH researchers learn from CM operator responses to proximity detection systems 3 6 Third Quarter Fatality Overview I ndustry marks fairly quiet June-September period COAL IN THE NEWS 4 Blaschak Coal Expands Mining Activities 4 TECO Closes Coal Division Sale 5 Alpha Moves Forward in Bankruptcy Case 6 Production Could Start Soon for High Point Surface Mine 8 Colowyo's Mine Plane Approved 10 Murray Energy Sues UMWA, Cites Deal Breach 12 Senators Unveil Black Lung Reforms Plan 13 DOL, NIOSH Establish Black Lung QA Program 14 Duke Energy to Reduce Emissions From Power Plants, Fund Projects 15 Minnesota Power Will Expand Portfolio, But Keep Coal 15 Morehead State Dedicates Craft Academy 16 Sierra Club, Xcel Energy Argue Over Sherco Plant's Future 17 Usibelli Stops Coal Exports for the Rest of 2015 WORLD NEWS 5 South African Miners End Strike 6 India Vows Ambitious Green Targets, Defends Coal Use 8 Wyoming, China Reps Building Bridge of Coal THIS ISSUE MINE RESCUE/ 23 NEWS/ 4 RAISE BORING/ 18 This month, Coal Age publishes its annual Prep Plant Census, including a comprehensive listing of the nation's facilities and their latest updates. It also takes on the topic of shaft development, documenting some record-setting work in the heart of Alabama's coalfields. Coverage and complete results from the 2015 National Coal Mine Rescue Competition begins on page 23. On the cover, an Atlas Copco Robbins 123R C raise boring machine rests at the Jim Walter Resources No. 7 mine, where Cowin & Co.'s Raisebor completed a 26-ft-diameter raise bore shaft to a depth of 1,440 ft earlier this year. DEPARTMENTS 2 Editorial 4 Coal in the News 5 World News 10 People 12 Dateline Washington 14 Calendar 16 Awards 38 Operating Ideas 40 Suppliers News 42 Product News 45 Classified 48 Legally Speaking October 2015 1 SAFETY EQUIPMENT/ 34

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