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Drill Baby Drill

By Randy Logsdon

It was about 10:30 in the morning on Jan. 12th and I was driving eastbound on U.S. Highway 62/180 between El Paso, Texas, and Carlsbad, N.M. The weather was mild and visibility was good. A section of that highway (about 100 miles) can be characterized as a remote rolling two-lane highway.

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District Court Says It Lacks Jurisdiction to Alter or Amend Withdrawal Orders

By Ellen Smith

A U.S. District Court ruled that it does not have jurisdiction to alter or amend an MSHA withdrawal order issued to an underground sand mine in Clayton County, Iowa. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, Eastern Division said in a brief decision that Pattison Sand Co. did not cite any authority to support its contention that a District Court has jurisdiction.

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Better Days for Mine Safety Lie Ahead

By James Sharpe

The year 2011 departs as a disappointment because it did not end, as hoped, with the fewest fatalities ever in the U.S. mining industry. Last year got off to a promising start. One fatality is too many; still, by June 30 just 13 miners had been killed, a mark that would have set a record had it not been exceeded the rest of the year.

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MSHA To Start Using Pre-Assessment Conferencing Procedures

MSHA will begin implementing pre-assessment conferencing procedures in January 2012 to help reduce any backlog of future violations before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission.

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The Prime Directive

By Randy Logsdon

Starfleet’s Prime Directive states that there can be no interference with the development of alien civilizations. Emphasis is added for primitive cultures (pre-warp drive) to prevent exposure to advanced technology and of knowledge that extra-planetary civilizations exist.

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