As both the domestic and international demand for coal rises, businesses are working hard to identify the best opportunities to meet growing demand. In Rhea County, Tennessee, Iron Properties LLC recently announced that they have gained state and federal permission for a deep mine operation to extract coal from Dayton Mountain, according to Times Free Press.
A large copper mine in Arizona was facing a critically insufficient water supply and maxed-out budget. That’s when Midwest stepped in to help.
HD Mining’s Murray River Project, a proposed six million ton per year (6 Mtpa) metallurgical coal mine, would be Canada’s first longwall mine. It will target coal deposits between 1300 and 2600 feet deep and run underneath the Murray River, about eight miles southwest of Tumbler Ridge in the Canadian province of British Columbia.
Detractors assert that decommissioned coal mines can become an eyesore and a health hazard, but the Red Hills Mine’s reclamation proves them wrong.
Shale gas fracking in the U.S.is a sand-hungry enterprise, and as of late it has been driving demand for high quality sand through the roof. But the health effects of respirable crystalline silica cannot be ignored.