Cultivating a safety culture of requires strategy, focus, communication and a mix of technology, but it’s the “most important thing” a mining company can do, according to an executive at one of the world’s largest gold producers. Andrew Woodley, Regional Senior Vice President North America for Newmont USA Limited, sat down with Western Wire at the Colorado Mining Association’s 120th National Western Mining Conference to discuss safety in the mining industry and how his company has worked to build a zero-harm safety culture and incorporated new technology to assist with that effort.
The Interior Department is not finished streamlining permitting operations or reviewing and rescinding onerous policies under the Trump administration’s guidance, a senior department official told a Denver audience today. 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.
The Bureau of Land Management’s first quarterly lease sale for oil and gas development on the agency’s multiple-use lands in 2018 opened quietly after a robust showing in 2017 that saw Western states draw nearly $350 million in receipts. March’s competitive online auctions drew $21,459,114.50, according to sales records.
Twelve different technologies from 11 organizations from drones to plane and truck monitors aimed at detecting and measuring methane emissions have been selected to advance to the testing phase of the Mobile Monitoring Challenge, the competition’s sponsors announced this week. The Natural Gas Initiative, presented by Stanford University and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), announced the finalists for field testing of adaptive methane leak detection technologies “deployed on trucks, drones and planes.”
The mining industry faces a tall order: adapt to a changing landscape of an aging workforce, heightened competition for talent, and the ever-present duty to ensure employee safety. According to those who speak next week, the industry is up to the task.
A pair of bills aimed at addressing the “benign neglect” of the National Park Service’s $11.6 billion maintenance backlog have received strong bipartisan support, with funds for infrastructure at the ailing federal parks drawing from energy leases and mineral development on federal lands, the bill’s sponsors said. The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands heard testimony today on the bills—the “National Park Restoration Act” from Rep. Michael Simpson (R-Idaho) and Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and the “National Park Legacy Act of 2017” from Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii). Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), Natural Resources Committee Chairman, has sponsored both bills.
Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults opposed a federal 25 cent per gallon tax increase on gasoline in order to fund infrastructure improvements, according to a new poll released by Politico and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health earlier this week. In broad, bipartisan opposition, 64 percent of U.S. adults opposed raising the federal gasoline tax by 25 cents, with 65 percent of Republicans and 61 percent of Democrats opposing the gas-tax-for-infrastructure funding source.