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22nd Annual Surface Mined Land Reclamation Technology Transfer Seminar

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Monday, December 8 2008

NPDES Permitting & Reporting: Spill Prevention Control;
Countermeasures & Reporting; and
Overview of Hach Water Testing Equipment Usage:

  • Rose McDaniel, IDEM
  • Andy Stinchfield, IDEM
  • Catherine Hess, IDEM
  • Brian Simpkiss, Hach Co.

New Ways of Seeing into the Earth (previously called Technologies in the 21st Century):

Blaster Retraining:

  • Robert McClure, R.A. McClure Inc.
  • Michael (Mick) Fritz, Carbo*Prill
  • John Brown, Drill & Blast Solutions
  • Michael Piechocki, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Tuesday, December 9th 2008

Update on the Indiana Geological Survey

  • Dr. John Steinmetz, State Geologist, Indiana Geological Survey
    Update on the latest programs and accomplishments of the Indiana Geological Survey.

Office of Surface Mining Update

  • Andy Gilmore, Chief-Alton Field Division
    Office of Surface Mining. 2008 initiatives including technology transfer, rule changes, AML funding increases, and research.

Reconnaissance of Coal Slurry Deposits in Indiana

  • Denver Harper, Geologist-Center for Geospatial Data Analysis, Indiana Geological Survey
    Overview of a project to map coal-slurry deposits and estimate their volumes using aerial imagery, geological records, and geographic information systems (GIS).

Underground Coal Gasification

  • Marty Irwin, Director, Center for Coal Technology Research, Purdue University
    The latest breakthroughs on underground coal gasification for energy uses.

Renewables as Use for Carbon Credits

  • Heath Norrick, Manager-Renewable Energy, Hoosier Energy
    What Hoosier Energy is doing toward renewable energy and its use in carbon credits.

Problems with Carbon Dioxide Infiltration into Residences Constructed Upon Reclaimed Surface Mines

  • William Ehler, Project Manager-Federal Reclamation Project Division, Office of Surface Mining, Appalachian Region Office
    Overview on carbon dioxide problems found in homes built on surface mined land.

Latest Innovations in Stream Restoration

  • George Athanasakes, Ecosystem Restoration Practice Leader, Stantec, Inc.
    Most recent experiences and innovations in restoration of streams.

The Appalachian Region Reforestation Initiative and the Forestry Reclamation Approach

  • Vic Davis, Forester, Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative, Office of Surface Mining
    Highly productive forestland can be created on reclaimed mine land using a Forestry Reclamation Approach leading to multiple benefits, including carbon sequestration, timber production, and much more.

OSM’s Proposed Coal Combustion By-Products Rule

  • John Craynon, Chief, Division of Regulatory Support, OSM, Washington D.C.
    The latest information on OSM’s Potential Coal Ash Rule.

Indiana Coal Bed Methane Issues: Ownership of CBM; CBM-Coal Production Conflicts; Appurtenant Right Limitations Based on Severance Lines

  • John E. Rhine, partner, Rhine Ernest LLP
    Focuses on 3 areas of the law which are of great current interest:
    1. ownership of coal bed methane in Indiana
    2. conflicts between CBM production & protection of coal reserves and
    3. Appurtenant surface rights limitation with specific application to CBM operators, especially with regard to access and pipelines.

Overview of New MSHA Rules & Regulations—What is in Effect and What’s to Come

  • David Whitcomb, Assistant District Manager (Technical), Mine Safety & Health Administration
    New law requirements and the initiatives pertaining to them.

Caol Gasification Energy Products for Indiana

  • Gerald Hill, Senior Engineer, Science Applications, International Corporation at Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center
    Initiatives in the coal to liquids energy field.

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