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Stay tuned for our 2020 Agenda!

Please take a look at our 2019 agenda to preview 2020's topics and discussions.


2019 Alabama Mineral Institute Agenda

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Time Event Speaker

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.

Registration/Full Breakfast


8:00 - 8:15 a.m.


Bennett Bearden J.D., L.L.M., J.S.D 

 8:15 -9:15 a.m.

 Climate Change

 Philip Johnson, P.E., PhD

Professor Emeritus, UA College of Engineering

 9:15 -10:00 a.m.

High Angle Conveying:  The Vital & Missing Link to IPCC

 Amy Duncan

Marketing Manager, Dos Santos International

 10:00 -10:15 a.m.



10:15 -11:00 a.m.

 Mining Health & Safety

 Lee Travis, CSP

 Safety & Health Specialist, Vulcan Materials Co

 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

 EPA In Relation to Mining

 Chris Thomas

Chief, Permitting & Grants, EPA Water Div.

 11:45 - 12:45 p.m.

 Lunch Provided


12:45 - 1:00 p.m.

Afternoon Welcome

Bennett Bearden J.D., L.L.M., J.S.D. 

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Electrical safety Through Technology

 David Capenter, PhD

Integrity Institute of Technology

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

GIS Applications for Mining: From Desktop to Field

 Chris Ridgway, PG

GIS Manager, Vulcan Materials Company

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.



3:15 - 4:00 p.m.

Auburn University Geosciences Research

 Ming- Kuo Lee, PhD

Robert B. Cook Professor & Chair

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

 Silica, Hazards and Controls

 Randy Easterling

Safety Program Supervisor, UA Safe State


Friday, October 11, 2019

 Time Event  Speaker

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.

Full breakfast


8:00 - 8:15 a.m.


Richard Katz, P.E. 

 8:15 - 9:15 a.m. 

The Changing Work of Ground Water: Meeting Water Policy & Management Needs 

Greg Guthrie, P.G.

Director Groundwater Assessment Program

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Drilling and Blasting Practices in Aggregate Operations

 Nick Lewis, P.E.

Manager of Drilling & Blasting, Vulcan Materials Co

 10:15 - 10:30 a.m.



10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

The Case for Building Domestic Supply Chains of 21st Century Critical Minerals in the U.S.

Jesse Edmondson, P.G.

CEO, U.S. Critical Minerals

11:30 - 12:30 p.m.

 Lunch Provided


12:30 - 12:45 p.m.

Afternoon Instructions

Richard Katz, P.E. 

12:45 - 1:30 p.m.

Hog Mountain, AL Gold Deposit

Josh Poole 

Exploration/Field Research, Wellborn Mining 

1:30 - 5:00 p.m 

Nucor Steel Plant Tour