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Promote Your Business at the 2019 Bluefield Coal Show

The Bluefield Coal Show, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of the Two Virginias (formerly the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce) is only two months away being held September 11-13 with over 170 exhibitors participating to date! The 2019 Official Bluefield Coal Show Directory is currently in production and we would like to extend to you the opportunity to reserve your advertising space if you are an exhibitor, previous exhibitor, coal-related business, or plan to attend the show.

The award-winning Directory is distributed to all of the Show’s attendees – over 8,000 in 2017.  Don’t miss the opportunity to reach thousands of potential customers in the Coal industry with your ad in the 2019 program!

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New Facility to Convert West Virginia's Coal and Natural Gas Into Fuels, Other Liquids

While coal and natural gas are often competitors in the arena of power generation, this isn’t always the case as exemplified by a new kind of fuel production facility breaking ground in Mason County in the fall of 2019.

West Virginia-based Domestic Synthetic Fuels plans to break ground in October on a new fuel conversion center, which, with the help of natural gas, will convert the Mountain State’s coal into gasoline, low-sulfur diesel and even aviation fuel.

While the needed 200 acres have been purchased from the Mason County Development Authority and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection already approved the draft construction permit for the project, representatives from DS Fuels plan a series of community meetings to explain the project and its benefits to residents.

“We plan to host a series of open houses in the community to help explain the project. We want to be as transparent as possible in explaining this project to our neighbors,” said Kevin Whited, president of DS Fuels. “I’m from West Virginia. We have West Virginians unemployed, and the coal industry has been decimated. We’re not the solution to revive it, but we’re going to be part of it.”

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Pentagon Request Could Boost Rare Earth Mining Industry in the U.S.

The rare earth mining industry in the United States — including the Appalachian coal industry -— could get a shot in the arm from the U.S. government’s interest in establishing a domestic production supply chain that now depends on China.

A Department of the Air Force request for information, under the Defense Production Act, seeks to determine the capacity and processing capabilities within the domestic industry. The U.S. currently imports almost all of the metal products made from rare earth minerals from China.

Little Blue Run, the nation's largest coal ash impoundment, in a Sept. 19, 2018, file photo in Lawrenceville, West Virginia. The site sprawls 955 acres in Beaver County and Hancock County, West Virginia.

Photo by Andrew Rush, Post-Gazette

Anthony Marchese, chairman of Texas Mineral Resources Corp., which will submit information, said China’s domination of this industry should cause alarm without trade tensions.

“You have to be concerned anytime materials are coming from a sole source,” he said. “The U.S. is taking steps to help American industry create a supply chain. This issue has been here for the last 10-15 years, and people finally are waking up.”

Mr. Marchese’s company announced earlier this year that it had produced “multiple high-purity and separated rare earth minerals from Pennsylvania coal mining waste material” at a 99% level.

Coal waste could be a significant source of rare earth minerals for metal production. Just one year ago, West Virginia University established a Rare Earth Extraction Facility at its Energy Institute to extract rare earth minerals from acid mine drainage.

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 West Virginia Manufacturing Business to Hold Job Fair, Add Up to 100 New Employees

A Bluefield, West Virginia company is seeing business pick up enough to add up to 100 new employees.
Industrial Plating & Machine (IPM), formerly EIMCO, located on Rt. 52 in Bluefield, will hold a job fair on July 24 from noon to 6 p.m., company representative Kim Smith said.

The fair will be held at the company, 1172 Coal Heritage Road in Brushfork.

“We need machinists, welders and mechanics,” she said. “We will interview on the spot.”

The company manufactures precision parts for various industries.

Ronnie Marshall, IPM senior vice president, said the demand for products prompted the company to expand its workforce.

“We are still doing what we do, we are just doing a lot more of it,” he said, adding that the company has diversified from a mining focus to include many industries.

“We are real diversified,” he said. “We are not just in mining. A lot of our customers are down South and up North. We have to work harder to keep up with the demand.”

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No Way In Hell

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) analyzes the reliability of our electricity supply. NERC’s reports and statements are consistently measured, typically packing all the flair and excitement of a buttoned-down white dress shirt. So, it’s with good reason that eyebrows were raised when NERC’s CEO, Jim Robb, recently told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that when most engineers look at the Texas grid, they would conclude that “there’s no way in hell they can keep the lights on. And yet they do.”

Peter Behr of E&E News reported that Robb also said that Gordon van Welie, CEO of New England’s grid operator, “constantly finds another rabbit to pull out of his hat to keep the lights on when any of us would look at that situation and say, 'It's got to break.'"

While Robb was praising the skill of the Texas and New England grid operators, he – and almost certainly his staff at NERC – were also admitting that there are huge challenges facing grid reliability. And it’s not just the Texas and New England grids. California’s grid, facing the unique challenge of an ever-growing duck curve, is also drawing increased attention from regulators.

At the heart of Robb’s concern – or amazement – is how all three grids and their operators are managing a loss of baseload, dispatchable power and new reliance on intermittent sources of electricity.

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