West Virginia Energy Forum on Mine Safety Progress – June 29, 2006



Presentations  / Information / Agenda

March 1, 2006 Presentations

• Underground Coal Mine Communications for Emergencies and Everyday Operation [pdf 743KB] William H. Schiffbauer and Jürgen F. Brune, NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory

• Emergency Communication and Tracking Systems: MSHA Technology Evaluation [pdf 681KB] Dave Chirdon, MSHA

• West Virginia Mine Accident and Industrial Reporting System [pdf 1.77MB] Jimmy Gianato, Director, WV Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

• Self-Contained Self-Rescuer (SCSR) Technology: Capabilities/Challenges [pdf 1.07MB] John Kovac, Physical Scientist, National Personal Protection Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), NIOSH
Jeffery H. Kravitz, Chief, Mine Emergency Operations, MSHA

• MSHA Approval Process [pdf 1.05KB] Steven Luzik, Chief, Approval and Certification Center

• Training Challenges? [pdf 166KB] Allyn Sue Barker, Vice President SWVCTC
Joe Spiker, Director, WVU Mining Extension
Tony Szwilski, Director CEGAS, MU


• West Virginia’s mine emergency response center: (866) 987-2338

• February 20 Roundtable Report: The Report of the West Virginia Mine Safety Roundtable on the Challenges and Opportunities For Implementing WV Senate Bill 247

 Senate Bill No. 247

• Miner Emergency Rules

• Notification Emergency Rules

Hosted by: the Honorable Joe Manchin III, Governor, State of West Virginia.  In Conjunction with: The West Virginia Coal Forum and The National Research Center for Coal & Energy at West Virginia University


registration opens at 8:00 a.m.
Time Duration Activity Comment Speaker
8:00 60 min Registration
9:00 5 min Welcome and Overview of Session Brief welcome remarks Fred Tucker and Chris Hamilton
9:05 5 min Benediction Brief memorial to fallen miners
9:10 15 min Mine Safety Leadership Remarks by Governor Governor Manchin
9:25 40 min Mine Safety Technology Task Force Report Review of major findings and recommendations Randall Harris – moderate
Dale Birchfield
Teddy Hapney
Terry Hudson
Todd Moore
Gary Trout
Stephen Webber
10:05 45 min

Amended  WV Rules

Overview of new WV rules and Q&A James Dean, Dir WV MHS&T
11:00 30 min Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response law Overview of recently passed “Miner” Law and Q&A Senator Rockefeller
11:30 60 min MSHA Regulatory changes Overview of recent MSHA regulation changes and Q&A David Dye, AS MSHA
12:30 60 min Lunch
13:30 45 min CAP State Round Table and Q&A How are CAP states responding to Mine Safety Changes James Dean – moderate
14:15 45 min Investigation Update Overview of investigations and Q&A Davitt McAtteer
15:00 15 min Closing Remarks Summarize take away points Fred Tucker and Chris Hamilton
15:15 Adjourn