As world leaders in sustainable lead mining, it’s always exciting to share our work and foster interest in what we do with others in the mining industry
Viburnum, Mo. (PRWEB) July 17, 2008
A group of regional coal experts from the Western Interior Basin Coal Forum has an updated perspective about another mining industry – lead mining – following a recent tour of the Doe Run Company’s Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division (SEMO).
Nine coal experts, including six geologists, toured Buick Mine and Mill on June 18. The tour was part of the annual coal forum, which alternates yearly between sites in Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma. This year, it was held at Montauk State Park in Salem, Mo.
Scott Kaden, a geologist for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Geology and Land Survey, previously had toured a Doe Run mine, and he believed it would be a good fit for the coal forum.
“Though our expertise is in coal, we’re all geologists and a number of us have worked in underground mines in other states,” said Kaden, who organized this year’s coal forum. “The tour was well received, and we all learned a great deal about underground lead mining.”
Fully equipped with hard hats, safety glasses, mine lights and self rescuers, the tour participants were escorted approximately 1,100 feet below the Earth’s surface to view various types of mining equipment used by Doe Run to break, load and haul ore. The group also toured the Buick mill to learn how ore is crushed and further processed to extract the lead, zinc and copper metals.
“As world leaders in sustainable lead mining, it’s always exciting to share our work and foster interest in what we do with others in the mining industry,” said George Moellering, chief mine geologist and tour coordinator at Doe Run. “We enjoyed sharing information about and discussing the differences – and similarities – involved in our two unique industries with the Western Interior Basin Coal Forum group.”
With six active mines and 200 employees per shift, Doe Run relies on a naturally stable environment, proactive initiatives, engineering controls and more than a century of expertise to create one of the safest mining environments in the world.
About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling facilities, located in Boss, Mo. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.doerun.com.
kmartin @ doerun.com
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