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2005 Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Awards
 
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2005 Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Awards - Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 2005 - Publication VID-005 - Director's Award (Reclamation including abandoned mine land) * Arch of Wyoming - Seminoe Number 1 Mine, Wyoming
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2008 Excellence in Surface Mining Awards (Active Mining)
 
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2008 Excellence in Surface Mining Awards (Active Mining) - Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 2008 - Publication VID-008 - Editor's note: Mines are located in IL, IN, TX, WV, and WY (Las Vegas, NV) Eight coal mine operations in five states gained top honors in the annual competition overseen by the US Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM). The coal mining companies and their employees were recognized at an awards luncheon hosted by the National Mining Association. "These awards recognize the highest achievements in innovative techniques, reforestation, preparing mined land for long term agricultural use and building enduring community infrastructure" OSM Director Brent Wahlquist said. "All of the entries demonstrated a commitment to the environment and the coal field community," he continued "which is especially important as nearly half of our electricity comes from coal.
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U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement - OSMRE
 
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Since its creation under the federal Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Act of 1977 (August 3), the agency has been known as Office of Surface Mining or just OSM. It has a very storied history - http://groups.google.com/group/bob-mooney/web/osmre-timeline Joe Pizarchark has been the OSM Director since November 6, 2009, having now outlasted many of its 17 previous directors -- and being only the 10th director to actually be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSxyjLcXpjU Director Pizarchik has undertaken a Stream Saver Protection initative that will require years to promulgate and more years to fight legal battles to achieve implementation which will also take many years to get amended into the state regulatory programs, (In 2010, some changes made after 1983 have yet to be amended into the state programs.) http://www.osmre.gov/topic/StreamProtection/StreamProtectionOverview.shtm Efforts to conduct oversight more effectively on state, tribal and fedeal regulatory programs began in June 2009 and proposed improvements are pending. http://www.osmre.gov/topic/Oversight/SCM/SCM.shtm OSM now focuses on awards to reclamation awards to coal companies and to State Abandonend Mine Land Programs - http://www.osmre.gov/topic/awards/Awards.shtm - more so than on providing required annual reports to Congress - http://www.osmre.gov/Reports/AnnualReport/AnnualReport.shtm - and doing timely evaluation reports on state and federal regulatory programs - http://www.osmre.gov/Reports/EvalInfo/EvalInfo.shtm OSM has recently undertaken efforts to identify unresolved issues, like the Ohio State regulatory program that remains only conditionally approved since August 1982 and continual sillage of coal waste slurry like this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8rdo6LNtmE OSM has not had a staff directory for years. Recently its three regions created staff lists - http://www.arcc.osmre.gov/ http://www.mcrcc.osmre.gov/ http://www.wrcc.osmre.gov/ An agency-wide staff directory is now under development.. Currently, There are about 500 OSM employees compared to nearly 1200 in 1980. More than half of its current employees are each paid more than $100,000 a year and over $200,000 in total compensation when health and other fringe benefits are included. http://groups.google.com/group/bob-mooney/web/osmre-staffing-levels === The Initial 28 OSM inspectors, started on April 9, 1978 http://groups.google.com/group/bob-mooney/web/osmre-pioneers http://groups.google.com/group/bob-mooney/web/osm-people Federal Strip Mine Law, first year - The New York Times, June 12,1978 http://groups.google.com/group/bob-mooney/web/osm-first-year Photo: First OSM director with his deputy and assistant directors, 1980 Ray Lowrie, Pat Boggs, Carl Close, Dave Short, Director Walter Heine, Tony Head, Ed Imhoff, Don Crane, Paul Reeves, Dick Hall and Chuck Beasley http://tinyurl.com/OSM-founders-1980 OSM Directory, June 1978 (139 employees; 6 are still there) http://groups.google.com/group/bob-mooney/web/1978-osm-directory http://groups.google.com/group/bob-mooney/web/osm-inspectors-past-and-present Walter Heine's reflections, 1997 http://groups.google.com/group/bob-mooney/web/walter-heines-reflections-1997
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Atna Resources - Kendall Mine Reclamation
 
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Diverse wildlife habitats at Kendall Mine site due to Atna Resources reclamation efforts. North of Lewistown, MT.
Views: 438 vkimball69
Meadowgate, from opencast coal site to Country Park - part 3
 
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The creation of Rother Valley Country Park from an opencast coal mine.
Views: 2990 Gareth Horne
37 inch deep ripper video
 
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Watch the 5-knife, 37 inch deep, de-compaction of this property which had been compacted by heavy equipment traffic during pipeline construction. Use of this deep ripper on other pipeline rights-of-ways and strip-mined lands has resulted in significant crop yield improvements. Notice the wave lifted in front of the implement, the height of the lift remaining after it passes, and the cracks created by the knives as well as those perpendicular to the direction of travel. For rental information contact Key-Ag at: [email protected]
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Fighting Mountain Top Removal (MTR) coal mining - a bargin with the devil
 
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From Bill Moyers Journal, below is the link to full 17 minutes. Mining Gone Wild....from the Griles Gone Wild Collection by Cartoonist Mark Fiore, 2005 - http://www.markfiore.com/animation/wild.html Americans Who Tell the Truth: Judy Bonds http://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/pgs/portraits/Judy_Bonds.php Julia "Judy" Bonds, The Goldman Prize Winner - North America, 2003 http://www.goldmanprize.org/node/84 http://www.voanews.com/english/news/a-13-a-2003-05-25-4-Coal-66850107.html?refresh=1 http://www.grist.org/article/slaughter/ http://www.ohvec.org/links/news/archive/2003/fair_use/04_18.html http://www.ohvec.org/galleries/people_in_action/2003/04_14/index.html 1/4/2010 - Mourning the loss of Jula "Judy" Bonds http://www.latimes.com/news/science/environment/la-me-judy-bonds-20110108,0,1499385.story (Excerpt) "We love our life in the hollows," Bonds told a Times reporter in 2002. "There is nothing like being in the hollows. You feel snuggled. You feel safe. It seems like God has his arms around you." After winning the national Goldman prize, Bonds told the Associated Press that her activism arose from the day her grandson stood in the stream her family had enjoyed for six generations with his little fists full of dead fish — and dead fish floating all around. "'What's wrong with these fish?' he asked. That day I knew that if I didn't do something, that would be the future of our children," she said. http://blogs.wvgazette.com/coaltattoo/2011/01/04/coalfield-residents-mourn-loss-of-judy-bonds/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-biggers/thousands-pay-tribute-to_b_804001.html Tribute to Judy Bonds (Excerpts from Coal Country documentary) http://tinyurl.com/2vmfp3t Before the Mountain Was Moved documentary (1969) - surface coal mining in WV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA8u9Q3wX-0 Bo Webb of Coal River, WV and Appalachia Rising http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwmXOoHWvUQ The Colbert Report, 1/18/2010 If a diamond is a girl's best friend then coal is its hotter younger sister. Turning boring tree-covered mountains into exciting lifeless moon bases Margaret Palmer, a professor of biology at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies. Palmer discusses the environmental and health consequences of mountaintop removal, and why going a more traditional route would not only help the environment, but increase employment. http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/261997/ Dishonorable James Steven Griles - http://groups.google.com/group/bob-mooney/web/dishonorable-james-steven-griles Bill Moyers Journal, 9/7/2007 http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/09072007/watch3.html (17 minutes) http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/09072007/profile.html http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/video/flv/generic.html?s=moyj06s903q18b
Views: 7431 rhmooney3
McConnell Statement on Kentucky Coal Mining Accident
 
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WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Thursday regarding the mining accident in Western Kentucky: Many Kentuckians awoke this morning to the sad news that one miner was killed and another is missing after a ceiling collapse in an underground coal mine in Webster County, which is in the western part of Kentucky. Right now, it is my understanding that MSHA officials are on the site, and rescue teams are working to locate the missing miner. For now, we can only hope that their efforts are successful. I ask my colleagues and the American people to keep the miners, their families, and the rescue workers in their prayers.
Coal Ash disposal: If a problem arises, we want to be able to address it
 
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Solving problems before they arise is the best way to address them -- afterwards is too late. ("Wanting" is not doing.) Being 99% non-hazardous is still hazardous especially so when it's all mixed together. TVA now realizes it...hopefully, the EPA does too. 2/27/2011 - 2008 Christmas Coal Ash Spill Remembered http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rClniBhqKI Coal Ash: 130 Million Tons of Waste http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PYexB76KIQ (About 15% of the weight of coal that's burned) ---- 11/18/2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKeKJN7pPkk After the TVA coal ash dam failed in 2008, American Electric Power reviewed its coal ash ponds and processes to ensure that they protect the public and the environment. "I believe that every night when I go home, we've done our jobs very well and that we're doing the best that we can to keep the public safe," said Georgeanne Hammond, AEP plant environmental senior coordinator. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdDv7ILS-I0 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering enacting coal ash rules that could affect the price of electricity. AEP seeks to protect our environment, yet we need to balance the cost to customers with the benefits received, explains Tom Webb, director of Land, Environment & Remediation Services http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKlJElb2Be0 Tom Webb, AEP's director of Land, Environment & Remediation Services, shows us the different types of coal combustion products and describes how the materials are recycled into roofing, mixed into concrete, paint and other products. AEP recycles approximately 40 percent of coal combustion products it produces. === Blowing in the wind http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyX5rEb4vqg
Views: 541 rhmooney3
Bloody Coal
 
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How does mountaintop removal affect the environment? Mountaintop Removal is occurring right at the heart of one of the nations main hotspots of biological diversity. According to the Nature Conservancy, the mountain region including southwest Virginia, southern West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and northeastern Tennessee contains some of the highest levels of biological diversity in the nation. This region is also at the headwaters of the drinking water supplies of many US cities. The maps below show hotspots of biodiversity based on a rarity-weighted index biological diversity produced by the Nature Conservancy, as well as the major river systems with headwaters in the Appalachian coalfields. Unfortunately, there is little information on the cumulative impacts of mountaintop removal because the federal agencies that are charged with regulating coal mining have refused to track the overall extent and impacts of mountaintop removal. The one attempt at acomprehensive analysis of MTR by government agencies was presented in a multi-agency Environmental Impact Statement that was completed in 2003. This effort was initiated in the late 90s, but the focus of the EIS was revised after the White House changed hands in 2001. According to the Charleston Gazette: When it formally kicked off the project in February 1999, the EPA said the goal was to consider developing agency policies to minimize, to the maximum extent practicable the adverse environmental effects of mountaintop removal. By October 2001, then-Deputy Interior Secretary Steven J. Griles, a former mining industry lobbyist, had ordered the project refocused toward centralizing and streamlining coal mine permitting. Cindy Tibbot, a FWS biologist involved in the EIS process, was one of many agency scientists who expressed outrage about Griles directive, stating in an internal memo: Its hard to stay quiet about this when I really believe were doing the public and the heart of the Clean Water Act a great disservice. As Tibbot put it, the only alternatives offered in Griles proposed EIS would be: alternative locations to house the rubber stamp that issues the [mining] permits. While the EIS did compile a lot of disparate information on the effects and extent of MTR, the analysis was based on mining permit maps. According to satellite analysis done by Michael Shank at the TAGIS center of the West Virginia DEP, however, those permit maps are underestimating the extent of valley fill in 6 West Virginia coal counties by about 40%. Thus, the entire EIS is based on verifiably faulty data. Despite its many flaws, however, the multi-agency environmental impact statement did provide some useful information on the extent and impacts of mountaintop removal. Here are some of the impacts and concerns expressed in the final EPA report: More than 7 percent of Appalachian forests have been cut down and more than 1,200 miles of streams across the region have been buried or polluted between 1985 and 2001. Over 1000 miles of streams have been permitted to be buried in valley fills. (for scale, this is a greater distance than the length of the entire Ohio River). Mountaintop removal mining, if it continues unabated, will cause a projected loss of more than 1.4 million acres by the end of the decade-an area the size of Delaware-with a concomitant severe impact on fish, wildlife, and bird species, not to mention a devastating effect on many neighboring communities. 800+ square miles of mountains are estimated to be already destroyed. (this is equal to a one-quarter mile wide swath of destruction from New York to San Francisco - it is also significantly underestimated). Other quotes from the 2003 report include: … studies found that the natural return of forests to mountaintop mines reclaimed with grasses under hay and pasture or wildlife post-mining land uses occurs very slowly. Full reforestation across a large mine site in such cases may not occur for hundreds of years. Because it is difficult to intercept groundwater flow, it is difficult to reconstruct free flowing streams at mountaintop removal sites. Stream chemistry monitoring efforts show significant increases in conductivity, hardness, sulfate, and selenium concentrations downstream of [mountaintop removal] operations. http://www.ilovemountains.org
ILLEGAL MINING IN AND AROUND BHUBANESWAR, ORISSA
 
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Leaders in the state of Orissa these days are complaining about illegal coal, bauxite, iron ore mining. I am asking those leaders as to whether they have ever tried to complained against the massive illegal stone carving / mining in the vicinity i.e. in and around fifty km.of Bhubaneswar, Orissa wherein the pollution level has gone up to a greater extent these days. The senior leaders in the opposition in the state of Orissa often mean about their own business and collection from big Industries. It cannot be a case that those leaders are not aware about these small timer thousands of illegal stone crushers and illegal stone (Mankada Pathara Khani) craver. One can simply draw a conclusion that if you will raise objection against the POSCO - MITTAL - VEDANTA- STERLITE - TATA - JINDAL possibly they will pay you some thing. But these fly-by-night - mushroomed stone industry - illegal mining people will neither pay money rather would put a dent on the votes during the election to their respective political parties. Possibly that is the reason why one would find that there is a lots of illegal mining in and around Bhubaneswar as a result of which day by day the state Capital is getting polluted and even receiving lesser quantity of rain as compared to the previous years. The sorry state of affairs is the greenery and the jungle being cut in and around Bhubaneswar and the stones "Mankada pathara" which were illegally being cut through machines in the night were sent consistently to Bhubaneswar for construction of buildings and boundary walls etc. The video shown is of one such illegal mining area just about 35 Km. from Bhubanewswar. The land was just a jungle of cashew nuts two three years ago at the level of nearby areas which has turned out to be a deserted, excavated mining area which would neither be fit for any forest or for any other environment friendly area rather would pollute the area full of dust and other particles. The Constitution of India in its entry provides certain rules and regulations after the mining. Here in this case who is required be blamed to restore the land to its original position after the mining? Will the collector or the Government are vicariously liable to restore the land to its original position? Does the Government has any such plans for restoration of such land to its original position and if so, who will bear the cost for such restoration ? I was told that the concerned Government officials used to collect money for such illegal mining and turned blind eyes for such illegal activities. As I understand the concerned officials have to first satisfy the Government for the revenue (if any) being collected from such mining or not which are part of the Government record and even if the same is not done, why such illegal activities against the nature was ever allowed to be done in this area. Courtesy : Prasanta Varma, Advocate Supreme Court of India Visit : http://www.prasanta.net
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Mod-01 Lec-9 Sensors and Platform
 
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Modern Surveying Techniques by Prof. S.K. Ghosh,Department of Civil Engineering,IIT Roorkee.For more details on NPTEL visit http://nptel.ac.in
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Domestic Policy Initiatives of the Nixon Years
 
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January 8, 2010: Nixon White House staff discuss the President's innovation and progress in the realm of domestic policy. Participants included members of the Domestic Council Staff: Geoffrey Shepard, Associate Director for General Government; James Cavanaugh, Associate Director for Human Resources; and Associate Directors for Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources, Richard Fairbanks and John Whitaker. The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum Situated on nine rolling acres in Yorba Linda, California, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum offers visitors an insider’s glimpse into the events, people and world that shaped, and were shaped by, the 37th President. Get information on visiting the Library and Museum at  https://www.nixonfoundation.org/about-the-library-museum/ Learn more about President Nixon's legacy at https://www.nixonfoundation.org/research-portal/ Save the date to host your event or wedding on our beautiful grounds at https://www.nixonfoundation.org/host-your-event-at-the-nixon-library/ Engage with us elsewhere online https://www.facebook.com/nixonfoundation https://twitter.com/nixonfoundation https://www.instagram.com/nixonfoundation/
Tony Abbott Address to the Liberal Party Federal Council
 
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Australian people are wondering why the prime minister of this country should be chosen by the union and the factional warlords rather than by the people themselves, and the Australian people have the same basic choice this week as last week
TYT Hour - May 21st, 2010
 
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YYCCC 2010-12-06 Calgary City Council - December 6, 2010
 
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http://thoriumremix.com/2012/ What is THORIUM? http://youtube.com/watch?v=P9M__yYbsZ4 Here is new process: http://gordonmcdowell.com/yyccc-2010-12-13-calgary-city-council/ Dec 6 captions are generated by YouTube's Machine Transcription, so are not very accurate, but still handy for searching for key words using Interactive Transcript feature. Care about the environment, economy, or just love technology? Check out my documentary about the Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor! http://ThoriumRemix.com/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9M__yYbsZ4
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