Trump to Overhaul US Energy Strategy


President Donald Trump signs an executive order to create energy independence at the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Jonathan Gallegos)


U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on energy independence Tuesday, March 28, that will re-evaluate former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) and lift the ban on federal leases for coal production.

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American Resources Begins Development of Carnegie 2 Coal Mine

American Resources Corp., through its wholly owned subsidiary Quest Energy Inc. and McCoy Elkhorn Coal LLC, has commenced development of its permitted Carnegie 2 coal mine within the Alma coal seam, located in Pike County, Kentucky. Carnegie 2, which will be sold in the high vol A/B metallurgical markets, is a green-field operation that will be mined as a room-and-pillar underground operation. Similar to the company’s Carnegie 1 mine in the same coal seam, which recently commenced production, Quest Energy is anticipating a cost structure that is sub-$55 per ton. 

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Predictive Safety Formed From 4 Safety Specialists

The founding members of Predictive Safety SRP Inc. have announced that an official closing has been reached in the joining of their four companies. Mark Savit of Predictive Compliance LLC, Dave Lauriski of Safety Solutions International Inc., and Tim Hobbs of Data Connect Corp., all located in Denver, Colorado, and Henry Bowles of Bowles-Langley Technology in Alameda, California, have now merged to form Predictive Safety SRP Inc., to be managed by CEO Mark Premo, former president and CEO of Chevron Mining. 

Focused on human performance, Predictive Safety has integrated the founders’ patented and proprietary suite of workplace safety, risk and performance products for its clients around the globe. This suite includes the AlertMeter Fatigue Management System, which was developed in the United States and has been in operation in South Africa for four years; Predictive Compliance, which has been used for regulatory compliance data management in the U.S. mining industry since 2009; the AlertMeter Fit for Work test, a patented workplace impairment detection app developed with NIOSH; and work site safety audits and leadership training under the direction of longtime safety consultant Dave Lauriski.

“To create a culture of prevention, ‘the path to zero harm,’ you have to use all the data that are available to you — historic, real-time, and predictive,” said Lauriski.

“We live in a data-driven world,” said Mark Savit, chairman of Predictive Safety and the 2016 recipient of the President’s Citation Award by the Society of Mine Safety Professionals. “By tapping into that data, safety and performance professionals can shift their focus from reactive to proactive and from subjective to objective.”

American Resources Commences Production at Carnegie Mine

American Resources Corp., through its wholly owned subsidiary Quest Energy Inc., has commenced production at its Carnegie mine in Pike County, Kentucky. The Carnegie mine will extract coal from the Alma seam, which is ranked as a high-volatile A/B metallurgical coal. 

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Feds Search Caterpillar Offices

On March 2, law enforcement authorities entered three Peoria, Illinois, Caterpillar Inc. facilities, including the corporate headquarters, to execute a search and seizure warrant. The warrant was focused on the collection of documents and electronic information.

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