MORGANTOWN, WV (LOOTPRESS) — The West Virginia Coal Association is partnering with the West Virginia Coal Mining Institute to sponsor a special program for mining professionals April 19-20 at the Marriott at Waterfront Place in Morgantown.
The program will engage and educate mining industry professionals on developing technologies, mine safety and environmental programs, and emerging threats and challenges facing the industry. The agenda will include special guest speakers as well as a variety of technical presentations over the two-day program.
West Virginia Coal Association President Chris Hamilton praised the WVU Mining Engineering Department for hosting the program and “going a step forward to showcasing their fossil fuel assets and all that they are doing to preserve and protect coal mining in West Virginia”.
“West Virginia remains the energy state,” Hamilton said. “University experts at the Energy Institute at the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at the Mining Extension Service, work around the clock and exhaust the University’s intellectual expertise and resources to develop solutions viable and beneficial uses for carbon and to drive the growth of West Virginia’s fossil energy and particularly coal operations in the state.
“Our relationship with the West Virginia Coal Association is mutually beneficial and our level of involvement has been primarily focused on mine safety, environmental stewardship and labor relations,” said Vlad Kecojevic, President Robert E. Murray. and Professor of Mining Engineering. “Today’s challenges necessitate a different focus and need for the WVU Mining Engineering Department to ensure our state’s premier industry continues to contribute to West Virginia’s economy and revitalize our major industries. state and southern coal communities.”
Hamilton said: “Meeting the challenges head-on by doing everything possible to help the industry weather the crisis and challenges of today is clearly what Benjamin Statler envisioned when he helped create a new vision for the WVU College of Engineering & Mineral Resources. WVU’s mining engineering department does a fantastic job, and we’re lucky to have such a great institution here at home.