mike wrote:Well for as optomistic as I was over these new tracking requirements the future is pretty grim for the Anthracite deep mining industry. I don't know what to tell you folks now but there was some hope for either a exception for small mines or for the manufactuers of the systems to admit that the systems arent safe to use around explosives (I'm not saying there not but most mine operators thought that the manufactuers wouldn't approve there use around explosives so that would have given the Anthracite operators a possable way around this) but they did so there goes pretty much our last hope. Cost estimates range from 50k to 100k per mine plus 2k or so per man employed at the mine. The thing that really and truly hurts is that the freakin things only track you to within 200 feet of your location. In 99% of the Anthracite mines your active working section is not even 200 feet so everybody knows were your going to be anyway without any kind of tracking system! As of now not even Harmony is going to put one in. I don't think anybody knows what enforcement action MSHA is going to take if you don't have a system and keep working but everybody seems to think there going to get thrown in jail if they try. The other thing is this new rule is not in MSHA's rule book but is part of the MINER act passed by congress. What buisness does congress have regulating coal mines when I highly doubt that any congressman even know the first thing about mining bitty coal let alone Anthracite. At any rate there isn't a Anthracite Deep Mine operating that could afford to install such a system.
A few words I Told You So A month or so ago . As far as the system goes There are 20 different Model that are appoved
by MSHA The kicker is None of them are inerchangeable with each other so that means if every mine gets a different
model . The MSHA inspector's would need to have 20 different model with them at all times because by there own law
says they need to have one that can communicat with each mine before they can go into the mine How much money do you think they will have to spend to inforce this B.S. law. As for the rage of these system they can go up to 300 ft in a
straight line they do not work around corners so the mine will have to install antennas threw out the mines to
communicat with they system . I was told this by more then one Owner Operator. The Cost would Run 45K to 100K
depending on how many miners are in the mine 8K to 10K a piece.