POV in MSHA terminology stands for Pattern of VIolations. Another new mining-related term for me. I came across this terminology today in a email from MSHA noting in part: (more…)
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Posted in About the news, Coal, health and safety, Mining history, Underground, tagged coal mine, CPR, dance, death, judge, MSHA, rescue, Stephen Williams, West Coast Swing on February 10, 2009 | Leave a Comment »
In some ways there is a parallel between the questions. For both, depending on the answer, mean the difference between life and death. Death in a duel. Or death in a cold, coal mine. Because you have too little practice in rescue operations. Now a judge has spoken and MSHA acts.
The world looks different from different places. I am in Huntington Beach, California where it is raining harder and longer than ever seen in Vancouver. They are amazingly optimistic here. The couple who entertained us last night have just completed a $200,000 renovation to the house they bought 20 years ago for about the same amount. Being near the beach, the house is still worth a lot more than the renovation cost. He is a consultant to the US mining industry and believes there is lots of work to be had.
The geologist, engaged on a two-year study of tunnels from the Inland Empire to the Beach Cities, is more concerned about disposal of the 20 million cubic yards of acid-drainage-producing waste the tunnels will create than in the economy. He asked me: How would a miner get rid of that volume of tailings in California?
Two tales of conflict in mining, one from long ago and far away and one from today’s news. The first is of biblical proportions, as the report tells:
An international team of archaeologists may have uncovered the copper mines owned and operated by the biblical King Solomon during a dig at Khirbat en-Nahas, an ancient mining and metallurgy district of more than 450 square miles in southern Jordan.
Mining involved conflict as indicated by this observation:
An ancient Egyptian scarab and amulet were also found in a layer of the excavation associated with a disruption in production at the end of the 10th century BCE. The event is thought to have been connected with a military campaign by the Egyptian Pharaoh “Shishak” that took place following the death of King Solomon.