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Annual Meeting 2013

Annual Meeting highlights
What: 2013 SME Annual Meeting & Exhibit and CMA 115th National Western Mining Conference
When: February 24-27, 2013
Where: Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO

It’s not too late....register now!

Record-breaking exhibit
818 booths, 589 exhibiting companies, 290,000 sq feet of exhibit space. Come to the industry marketplace and see the most innovative and progressive companies in business.
96 technical sessions
Choose from Coal & Energy, Environmental, Geology, Industrial Minerals & Aggregates, Innovation in Mineral Processing, International, Mineral and Metallurgical Processing, Mining & Exploration, Underground Construction, Valuation and much more. Visit the 2013 Official Showguide for complete details.

Keynote Session
Doug Lamborn, Congressman (R-CO), Chair House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
M.W. Scoggins, President, Colorado School of Mines
Cy Butner, Senior Program Officer, National Academy of Sciences
Leigh Freeman, General Manager, Downing Teal
Elaine Cullen, Vice President, Safety Solutions International
Gwenne Henricks, Vice President, Caterpillar, Inc.
Andrew Slentz, Senior Vice President Global Human Resources, Peabody Energy
Bill MacGowan, Executive Vice President Human Resources and Communications, Newmont Mining Corporation

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the
SME Foundation Mardi Gras and Casino Night!
Don’t miss this chance to mingle with your friends during the SME Annual Meeting, support the SME Foundation and promote your company all at the same time! Benefits of sponsoring a table include listing in the dinner program as a sponsor, your name and logo scrolling on the overhead screen throughout dinner, special mention in Mining Engineering magazine in the April issue, and tickets to the dinner for eight people. Mardi Gras and Casino Night action follow the banquet and silent auction.

The SME Foundation is not serving your average banquet food at this year’s gala event. On the menu is a pan-seared crab cake with a remoulade tartar sauce as an appetizer; an arugula salad with roasted plums, aged reggiano and pomegranate pistachio vinaigrette; a pan-seared steak filet topped with crawfish etouffe served with creamy white corn grits and vegetables; and the piece de resistance: an individual king cake with vanilla bean crème anglaise. As a special bonus, one dinner guest will find the King Cake Baby and win a special prize! Come join us for this delicious meal by purchasing a ticket through the Annual Meeting registration website.

Sunday, February 24, 2013: 6:30 – 11:00 p.m.
Centennial Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Convention Center
Table of 8 - $2,500, individual tickets - $95

Contact Liz Jones to sponsor a table: 303-948-4216.

Complete meeting details, including registration, housing, program,
short courses and field trips are available here.

Look for the 2013 proxy in the mail and online
In 2013, the Annual Meeting of Members will be held immediately following the conclusion of the SME Board of Directors Meeting on Sunday, February 24, 2013, 4:00 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center, Denver, CO.

At this meeting, 2012 President, Drew A. Meyer, will report on the Society’s activities, its state, its concerns and its financial condition. Jessica Elzea Kogel will be installed as the 2013 President and, upon election by the membership entitled to vote, the following directors shall take office:

John O. Marsden. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President-Elect
Steven C. Holmes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director-at-Large
Mary B. Korpi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director-at-Large

A proxy has been sent to you via mail. In the event you will not be attending the Meeting of Members, please sign, date and return your mail ballot/proxy. You may also vote online at Online voting began on Friday, January 4, 2013. Your prompt response is appreciated.

Enroll now to take advantage of SME’s Online Mentoring Program
Have you checked out our new online mentoring program? This is a wonderful way to engage with the future generation of mining and minerals professionals. The SME online mentoring program is an inexpensive, easy and effective way to guide and assist young professionals.Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to be a mentor or mentee. The new online mentor program will enhance the present onsite mentor program. The Mentoring Meeting Place will be held on Sunday, February 24, from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Colorado Convention Center during the SME/CMA Annual Meeting. This meeting time will provide a venue for Mentors and Mentees to meet in person.

Even seasoned professionals can benefit from a mentor. Be a mentor or mentee or both!
2013 NSSGA/SME Student
Design Competition
Congratulations to the winning teams for Phase 1: Daily Grind (Virginia Tech), École Polytechnique de Montréal (École Polytechnique de Montréal), Bharat Khanitras (Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur), Jagstone (Virginia Tech), Frimp Aggregates (Missouri University of Science and Technology) and Gateway Aggregates (Missouri University of Science and Technology). These six teams will compete in Phase 2 of the competition at the 2013 SME Annual Meeting.

SME eLearning - new course launched!
SME is pleased to introduce a new eLeaning course:

Amalgam and Electrometallurgy
Author: Fathi Habashi
Published by Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc.
Training time: approximately 4.5 hours
4.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH)

Online delivery: upon purchase, you will be emailed access instructions and a receipt.
• Members: $210.00 USD
• Students: $175.00 USD
• Nonmembers: $250.00 USD

This course outlines the historical background of electrometallurgy, defines the scope of this domain and recalls the basic theories of electrochemistry and some general engineering aspects. The course then discusses electrometallurgical processes conducted in aqueous solutions and fused salts, either for metal recovery or metal refining. You will learn how amalgam metallurgy has some points in common with electrometallurgy (like the use of the mercury cathode), but is also of special historical interest, since mercury was used for many centuries for the recovery of gold from its ores. However, due to its toxic nature and the difficulties in handling, its use has been greatly curtailed in industrialized countries. It is still, however, used in most tropical countries, with tremendous environmental problems.

For a complete eLearning catalog, see:

February Minerals & Metallurgical Processing now online
This month’s issue presents new research in state-of-the-art processing of rare-earth minerals. From better characterization of ore types to development of new and more effective techniques for flotation, reduction, solvent extraction and leaching, this special issue of Minerals & Metallurgical Processing is focused on solutions for improving the process efficiency of these critical elements of modern life. Browse abstracts or archives, or subscribe to this prestigious journal today.

When: April 29-30, 2013
Where: City University of New York, Graduate Center
New York, NY
Who: Senior executives and mining industry specialists among bankers, analysts and investors

SME will host its first annual conference on Current Trends in Mining Finance in New York City. This two-day conference will cover a range of important topics, including general trends in project evaluation and investment decision-making; drivers of future industry mergers and acquisitions; tax and accounting issues facing the mining industry; risk factors in the current market environment; new sources of funding for mining projects; trends in mineral development agreements; and the impact of “soft” issues on mine development and finance. This is a unique opportunity to get current on important issues that affect project finance, investment and strategic planning.

Registration now open! Complete meeting details available at:

Get caught looking............................
Winter Webinar Series......mark your calendar!
Thursday, February 14, 2013

1:00 p.m. MST
James Humphrey, Senior Market Professional
Caterpillar Inc.; also 2013 SME Program Chair
2013 SME/CMA Annual Meeting: Mining: it’s about the people

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

2:00 p.m. MST
Vishal Gupta, research engineer
FLSmidth Minerals Inc., Midvale, UT
Electrokinetic feature of kaolinite and other selected two layer silicate minerals

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

9:00 a.m. MDT
Yi Luo, associate professor
Dept., Mining Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Locating and determining the status of a thermal event in longwall panel using mine atmosphere monitoring data

For complete information, go to SME Webinars page.

Miss a program? It’s not too late to watch. The complete library of past webinar series is available via video download.
For complete details, click here.

Environmental Considerations In Energy Production
April 14-18, 2013
Charleston Marriott
Charleston, WV

Complete conference information available here:

Like the news? Click to ME Online for more of the latest headlines from the world of mining.

China consumes nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined
According to the Energy Information Administration, coal consumption in China grew more than 9% in 2011, continuing its upward trend for the 12th consecutive year, according to newly released international data. China's coal use grew by 325 million tons in 2011, accounting for 87% of the 374 million ton global increase in coal use. Of the 2.9 billion tons of global coal demand growth since 2000, China accounted for 2.3 billion tons (82%). China now accounts for 47% of global coal consumption -- almost as much as the entire rest of the world combined.

Robust coal demand growth in China is the result of a more than 200% increase in Chinese electric generation since 2000, fueled primarily by coal. China's coal demand growth averaged 9% per year from 2000 to 2010, more than double the global growth rate of 4% and significantly higher than global growth excluding China, which averaged only 1%.

Deloitte issues tracking mining trends report for 2013
Deloitte has released its annual Tracking the Trends report (PDF), which examines the top 10 challenges expected to affect the mining industry in 2013. They include the increasing costs of doing business, commodity demand uncertainty, quality over quantity of projects, fighting for funds, Asian investment and M&A, resource nationalism, combating corruption, socially responsible behavior, worker and skills shortages, improving safety culture and implementing new technology. “As commodity prices decline and global economic uncertainty persists, it’s harder for mining companies to predict future demand patterns,” Deloitte’s Australian global mining leader, Philip Hopwood, said in a statement. “Companies are deferring their expansion projects in the face of waning Chinese demand, yet world demand promises to increase dramatically in the coming years,” he added.

Teck Named to global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list
On January 23 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Teck Resources Limited was recognized as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations for 2013 by media and investment research company Corporate Knights. Teck was the top ranked Canadian company on the Global 100 list.

Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal, zinc and energy. Teck is building partnerships and capacity to confront sustainability challenges within the regions in which it operates and at the global level.

Launched in 2005, the ranking of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations was recently recognized as the world's most credible corporate sustainability ranking in a GlobeScan/Sustainability survey. The top 100 companies are selected from all publicly traded companies with a market capitalization over USD$2 billion. Companies were evaluated based on a range of sector-specific sustainability metrics, such as water, energy and carbon productivity, and safety performance. For more information about the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations and the full rankings, visit:

Teck has also been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the last three years, which ranks Teck's sustainability practices in the top 10 per cent of companies in the resource sector worldwide. For more information on Teck's approach to sustainability, visit:

US Geological Survey reports aggregate production increases in 2012
With U.S. economic activity slowly improving, construction sand and gravel output for 2012 increased about 5% to 842 million metric tons, compared with 802 mmt in 2011. The total number of employees in the U.S. construction sand and gravel industry increased by 6% in 2012 compared to 2011. Growth in housing starts in 2012 is increasing demand for construction sand and gravel in many states. Construction sand and gravel valued at $6.4 billion was produced by an estimated 4,000 companies and government agencies from about 6,500 operations in 50 states.

Crushed stone production was about 1.24 billion tons in 2012, a 7% increase compared with 1.160 mmt in 2011. Demand for crushed stone was slightly higher in 2012 because of the apparent end of the slowdown in activity that some of the principal construction markets have experienced during the last six years. Crushed stone valued at more than $11 billion was produced by 1,550 companies operating 4,000 quarries, 91 underground mines and 210 sales/distribution yards in 50 states.

Overall, the total number of employees reported for the stone, sand and gravel mining sector in 2012 was 110,500, compared to 108,800 in 2011. Value of stone, sand and gravel produced in 2012 was $17.4 billion, compared to $16.9 in 2011.

Click here (PDF) for a full copy of the USGS 2013 Mineral Commodity Summary.

Washington Updates

House Natural Resources Chair lays out committee agenda
House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) has laid out a blueprint for his committee in the 113th Congress, which includes a continued focus on energy development on public lands and waters. It also includes expanding access for recreation and conservation on public lands, ensuring forest health, promoting economic development on tribal lands and reducing burdensome government regulations and red tape.

While the committee last Congress held more than 200 legislative hearings and markups and had more than 115 of its bills pass the House, Hastings said he expects the panel to "pick up the pace" this Congress. The committee will step up its oversight of Interior Department coal mining regulations, the BLM’s pending hydraulic fracturing rule and the administration's national ocean policy.

Hastings also said the creation of the revamped Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation would provide stepped-up oversight of NEPA that requires federal agencies to disclose the impacts of their projects, but which Republicans blame for delaying project approvals. NEPA was previously overseen at the full committee level.

The full committee will continue its oversight of the Endangered Species Act, which Hastings has long criticized as overly litigious and a strain on taxpayer dollars. That will include a focus on "closed-door legal settlements," which, Hastings argues, have impeded species recovery.

WV senator vows legislation to limit EPA permit vetoes
On January 23, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) promised to introduce legislation that would limit U.S. EPA's power to veto Clean Water Act permits issued by the Army Corps of Engineers. Manchin first introduced the "EPA Fair Play Act" last year, his first bill as a senator. His announcement signals that pro-coal lawmakers will once again try to use legislation to push back against the Obama administration's heightened scrutiny of mountaintop-removal coal mining permits.

Manchin's 2011 bill was spurred by EPA's veto last year of the corps' dredge-and-fill permit for Arch Coal Inc.'s Spruce No. 1 mountain-top mine in Logan County, WV. Manchin's bill aimed to block EPA's power to veto permits retroactively. The permit vetoed in the Arch Coal case had been legally issued by the Corps of Engineers in 2007.

Several other lawmakers from Appalachian states -- including Reps. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), David McKinley (R-WV) and Hal Rogers (R-KY) and Kentucky GOP Sens. Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell -- introduced similar bills in the last Congress.


Inspector general report shows no excessive MSHA enforcement
In a January 15 report (PDF), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that MSHA was consistent in its enforcement of safety standards for metal/nonmetal mines. Sen. John Thune (R-SD) requested the audit last year in response to mining companies that accused MSHA of unfairly targeting them. The mining industry generally has complained of inconsistent enforcement in the wake of the 2010 Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion in West Virginia.

OIG measured how MSHA was performing its enforcement activities by looking at two metrics: violations per inspection hour and proposed penalties per violation. Overall, OIG did not find any significant differences between the complainant mines in South Dakota and similar mines around the country. The OIG did find that enforcement increased for all metal and nonmetal mines in FY 2009. This increase, however, was directly attributable to the passage and implementation of the MINER Act of 2006, which mandated much higher inspection levels. In addition, Congress provided funding for MSHA to hire 170 new inspectors that same year.

Finally, OIG did not find any meaningful variances in either metric when they compared the Rocky Mountain MSHA District, in which South Dakota is located, to other metal and nonmetal districts.

MSHA issues bulletin on coal dust explosibility meters
On January 25, MSHA issued a Program Information Bulletin to advise the underground coal mining community that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently published a report on the Coal Dust Explosibility Meter (CDEM). This PIB also informs the coal industry of the need to measure coal mine dust to determine potential explosibility.

NIOSH's Coal Dust Explosibility Meter Evaluation and Recommendations for Application publication (Information Circular 9529) details the results of a NIOSH investigation into the ability of the coal dust explosibility meter (CDEM) to accurately predict the explosibility of samples of coal and rock dust mixtures collected from underground coal mines in the U.S. The CDEM, which gives instantaneous results in real time, represents a new way for miners and operators to assess the relative hazard of dust accumulations in their mines and the effectiveness of their rock dusting practices. The intention of the device is to assist mine operators in complying with the MSHA final rule 30 CFR § 75.403, requiring that the incombustible content of combined coal dust, rock dust and other dust be at least 80% in underground areas of bituminous coal mines.

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