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OCT-NOV 2017

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12 www.coalage.com October/November 2017 news continued c a l e n d a r o f e v e n t s January 28-31, 2018: 44 th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blast- ing Technique, San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Web: www.isee.org. February 7-9, 2018: 36 th Annual World Trade and Transport Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. Contact: Web: http://mvttc.com/conference/. February 25-28, 2018: 2018 Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) Annual Conference & Expo, Minneapolis, Minneso- ta. Contact: Web: www.smenet.org. March 19-22, 2018: Electric Power, Gaylord Opryland Convention Center, Nashville, Tennessee. Contact: Web: http://2018.electricpowerexpo.com. April 23-25, 2018: Coal Processing Technology (CoalProTec 2018), Heritage Hall, Lexington, Kentucky. Contact: Mel Laurila, executive director, Coal Preparation Society of America (CPSA), Tel: 859-797-9118; Email: qcinc@aol.com; Web: www.coalprepsociety.org. May 6-9, 2018: Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM 2018), Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, BC Canada. Contact: Web: www.cim.org. amended permit area boundary. He ruled that the federal Office of Surface Mining (OSM) had not considered the impacts of the mine's proposed expansion. The current injunction will stop development operations in a part of the mine by the end of October and in another portion in March 2018, the company said. It added that the longwall mining would be idled indefinitely beginning in June 2019, cutting off tax and royalty revenues to the federal government, the state and local counties. In 2013, Signal Peak applied to the OSM for approval of a min- ing plan modification that would allow Signal Peak to continue its development operations by mining 2,539.76 acres of federal coal leases that are interspersed with the larger area of private coal. The OSM approved the Mine Plan on February 24, 2015. Six months later, on August 17, 2015, a lawsuit was filed by Montana Environmental Information Center. On August 14, 2017, the judge determined that the agency had not adequately consid- ered the indirect impacts of the mine plan and burning coal. Signal Peak's notice of appeal challenges the remedy portion of the district court's order, which it said refused to set a process for addressing remedy, and declined to dissolve the injunction on mining federal coal pending resolution of the remedy issues. According to Signal Peak, the order will cause a substantial hardship to the mine and its employees, with 50 jobs at risk in March 2018, and 80 more mining jobs and 100 surface jobs at risk in June 2019. "The public interest is better served by a stay that balances the specific environmental harms alleged by the appellee and noted by the district court, with the economic and social harms to the mine, its employees, and southcentral Montana," the com- pany said in the court documents. Don't Miss These Premier Events: Astronaut Mullan's Talk on Safety Emerging Professionals Social at the Alamo New Grand Finale Gala International Society of Explosives Engineers www.isee.org ISEE Conference 2018 Grand Hyatt San Antonio Learn. Connect. Exchange. Leading the explosives industry in education, training and networking Riverwalk San Antonio, Texas

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