The U.S. 9th Circuit Court has ruled that waste rock pits that collect water from mining are not a point source under the Clean Water Act.  In its ruling in the Greater Yellowstone Coalition et al v. Lewis et al. the court said federal agencies were correct in not requiring a permit for a planned expansion of a phosphate mine in southeast Idaho.

The court ruled that “pits that collect the waste rock do not constitute point sources within the meaning of the Act.” The mine pits include a storm water cover system that diverts water from the pits and requires a Sec. 401 permit, said the court, hence the Bureau of Land Management acted properly in not requiring a secondary permit for the refuse pits.


FEBRUARY 2 – 4, 2011



Registration Form below



8 a.m. Registration



9 a.m.             WV Mine Safety Update

C. A. Phillips, Director

Joe Watts, Administrator

WV Office of Miners’ Health, Safety & Training

10 a.m.           MSHA Mine Safety & Enforcement Trends

Bob E. Cornett, MSHA District 3 Manager

Robert Hardman, MSHA District 4 Manager

10:45 a.m.     Evaluation of Dust Concentrations Using Deep-Cutting Practices

Drew Potts & Jay Coilnet


11 a.m.           MSHA 2011 “Rules to Live By”

Joe Main, Assistant Secretary

Mine Safety & Health Administration

12 noon        Lunch sponsored by Jackson Kelly

1:00 p.m.       Proximity Detection Devices

Jim Dean, WV Mine Safety Task Force

1:30 p.m.       Safety Performance Index

Dr. Larry Grayson, Penn State University

2:00 p.m.       Chilean Mine Rescue Drilling Fund

Bill Maloney, Drill Leader, LLC

2:30 – 5:00 p.m.       Coal Safety Legal Forum

Litigated POV Case; MSHA’s Injunctive Relief

Mark Heath & Alex Macia – Spilman, Thomas & Battle

Accident Investigations

Dave Hardy – Allen Guthrie McHugh & Thomas

Emerging Criminal Sanctions in MSHA’s Investigations

Bill Wilmoth – Steptoe & Johnson

Deliberate Intent for Exposure to Coal Dust

Pamela Tarr – Jackson Kelly

MSHA’s “Simplified Proceedings’

Jonathan R. Ellis – Steptoe & Johnson

Federal Safety & Health Review Commission Update

Bob Beatty – Dinsmore & Shohl


5:00 p.m.      Welcoming Reception

Sponsored by Steptoe & Johnson



9:00 a.m.       Narrative Water Quality Standards Training

Jason Bostic, WVCA

10:15 a.m.     Update on Mining Related Water Quality Research

Dr. Paul Ziemkiewicz, WV Water Research Institute

11:00 a.m.     Update & Comparison of Water Quality Standards

Allyn Turner, Spilman,Thomas & Battle

12 noon         Lunch sponsored by Jackson Kelly

1:30 p.m.       OSM Oversight Activities Update

Roger Calhoun, Office of Surface Mining

2:00 p.m.       Corps Programmatic & Permitting Review

Ginger Mullins & Mark Taylor, Huntington District – Corps of Engineers

2:30 p.m.       Certified Coal Concept

David Ledford, Appalachian Wildlife Foundation

3:10 p.m.       Rulemaking v. Policy Making:  Where Do We Draw The Line?

Christopher B. Power, Dinsmore & Shohl

3:30 p.m.       WV DEP Office of Explosives & Blasting Update

David VandeLinde, WV DEP—Office of Explosives & Blasting

4:00 p.m.       Legislative Outlook 2011

Donnie Adkins, Senate Minority Counsel

5:00 p.m.       Welcoming Reception

sponsored by Steptoe & Johnson




7:00 a.m.       Registration

7:30 a.m.       Dinsmore & Shohl and Walker Machinery Breakfast

8:30 a.m.       Welcome & Introductions

Gary G. White, WVCA Chairman

8:45 a.m.       State of the State

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

9:30 a.m.       Congressional Activity Relating to Coal

Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito

10:15 a.m.     Break sponsored by Wells Fargo Insurance Services

10:30 a.m.     Coal Is The Cornerstone of Our Energy Future

Bart J. Hyita, CONSOL Energy

11:15 a.m.     State of Coal-Fired Power Generation

James L. Laurita, MEPCO

12 noon         Mountaineer Guardian Luncheon sponsored by

Bowles, Rice, McDavid, Graff & Love and

Marshall Miller & Associates

Awards Presentation by C. A. Phillips, Director

WV Office of Miners’ Health, Safety & Training

2 p.m.             Congress Thorough New Eyes

Congressman David L. McKinley


2:45 p.m.       Extended Face Mining

Gary Hartsog, Alpha Engineering

3:15 p.m.       Break sponsored by Wells Fargo Insurance Services

3:30 p.m.       WV Energy & Renewal Portfolio Act

Jeff Herholdt, WV Division of Energy

4:00 p.m.       Mountaintop Development & Sustainability

Jeff Woods, WV Office of Coalfield Development

5:30 p.m.       Legislative Reception




7:00 a.m.       Registration

7:30 a.m.       Enterprise Fleet Breakfast

8:30 a.m.       Welcome/Introductions

8:45 a.m.       State of the Environmental 2011

Randy Huffman, WV DEP

9:15 a.m.       WV v. EPA and Lisa Jackson

Ben Bailey, Bailey & Glasser

10:00 a.m.     The 112th Congress:  Looking Ahead

Congressman Nick Joe Rahall

10:30 a.m.     Environmental Litigation Update

Bob McLusky, Jackson Kelly

11:00 a.m.     WV’s Mining & Reclamation Program

Tom Clarke, Division of Mining & Reclamation

11:30 A.M.     Reclamation Awards Luncheon

Sponsored by Spilman, Thomas & Battle and Potesta & Associates

SPEAKER:  Senator John D. Rockefeller, IV

Awards Presentation:  Randy Huffman, WVDEP


We've made reference many times to West Virginia University's "West Virginia Process" for the direct liquefaction of Coal. And, as we've stated many times, our understanding of the Process is that, like a few other direct Coal liquefaction technologies we've reported to you, it relies on an hydrogenated version of the primary and long-known Coal oil, Naphthalene, which is most commonly referred to by the abbreviated form of it's more technical name, Tetralin, to effect the hydrogenation and liquefaction of raw Coal.

And, one of our more recent reports concerning WVU and their use of Tetralin is accessible via:

WVU Hydrogenates Coal Tar | Research & Development | News .

United States Patent: 7094363

As now accessible via:

Denmark Recycles CO2 via Syntrolysis | Research & Development | News; wherein is disclosed the:

"Co-electrolysis of CO2 and H2O in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells; June 2010; Christopher Graves, et. al.; Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Denmark;

we have already made report of developments in CO2 recycling technology arising in the nation of Denmark.

United States Patent: 4347891


Since we are, today, sending along, via separate dispatch, information concerning technology developed by Chevron which would reduce energy transportation costs, by converting Coal into crude liquid hydrocarbons at facilities attached to, or nearby, remote mine sites, we see, herein, that the US Navy has addressed the same, or broadly-related, issue as it pertains to the recycling of Carbon Dioxide.

First, to re-establish some preliminaries, Carbon Dioxide can be converted into Methane, CH4, by the 1912 Nobel Prize-winning Sabatier process. And, as we have documented now from many sources, especially Penn State University, once we have Methane, we can react it with more Carbon Dioxide, in bi-reforming and tri-reforming processes, and thereby synthesize liquid hydrocarbons.

Carbon Dioxide and Water, which are the starting materials for such processes, are, of course, available nearly everywhere.

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