Oversight on the Bureau of Mines Budget: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Mines and Mining of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, House of Representatives, Ninety-fourth Congress, Second Session ... March 8, 1976

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Page 2 - Interior, to make diligent investigation of the methods of mining, especially in relation to the safety of miners, and the appliances best adapted to prevent accidents, the possible improvement of conditions under which mining operations are carried on, the treatment of ores and other mineral substances, the use of explosives and electricity, the prevention of accidents, and other Inquiries and technologic investigations pertinent to said industries...
Page 20 - FY 1981. While this and other innovations on the part of Bureau technologists will help speed the analysis and dissemination of mineral information, it must be remembered that the Bureau must rely primarily on industry for basic data. Such data, whether gathered by canvass, from published articles, or through industry contact, always pose problems of completeness and accuracy, and must be carefully verified. The Bureau, with its years of experience and its well balanced professional staff is eminently...
Page 75 - Fatalities and injuries from falling roof, ribs and faces. Additional funds would be added to base program to accelerate the development of reliable means for detecting unstable ground ahead of mining and for calculating support requirements for safe mine design. Optimized safety design ore transportation systems.
Page 75 - Prevention of fatalities and injuries from falling roof, ribs, and faces. Additional funds would be added to base program to accelerate the development of reliable means for detecting unstable ground ahead of mining and for calculating support requirements...
Page 4 - Bureau findings have contributed significantly to virtually every phase of growth in the Nation's mineral industry. Bureau expertise has never been more at a premium than it is today. Consumption of both the energy and nonenergy minerals is accelerating at a rapid pace, not only in this country but all over the world. We may be in no danger of running out of most minerals, but we certainly need to improve on the technology needed to recover them economically from deposits that are lean and from other...
Page 27 - USC 167, is designed to provide for the current and foreseeable future requirements for helium for essential Government activities. The program involves, the production, conservation, sale, and distribution of helium and includes the following functions : (1) Acquisition, construction, operation, and management of helium plants, gas fields, helium storage fields, pipelines, and fleets of helium tank earn and semi-trailers.
Page 68 - Miller, whose support costs approximate $3,000 per day, not Including the cost of helicopters to ferry personnel Into the study area. These studies provide site-specific evaluations concerning reserves and grade and allow us, In conjunction with the GS, to do a reasonably accurate job, short of drilling, to evaluate the mineral potential of an area in light of our present knowledge of mineral deposits and economics. The attached chart shows projected completion dates of the initial wilderness studies...
Page 75 - Adequate ventilation of large mine openings and areas collecting "dead air." A total of 11 fatalities from oxygen deficiency occurred during the period April-June 1975. New techniques would be investigated to aid in the abatement of this and other hazards. Safe use of diesel haulage equipment in underground mines. Techniques for controlling and measuring diesel exhaust fumes need to be improved. New funds would expand the ongoing work to pinpoint critical hazardous conditions and ways to avoid these...
Page 62 - K. & D. efforts in driver/operations, visibility and control of these heavy vehicles on steep grades. — Control of respirable dust. Silicosis is still a health problem. An accelerated study of means to alleviate this problem is needed. — Adequate ventilation of large mine openings and areas collecting dead air. A total of 11 fatalities from oxygen deficiency occurred during the period April-June 1975. New techniques should be investigated to aid in the abatement of this and other hazards. —...
Page 68 - In some cases a study area may span several counties and a search of all county records Is necessary to determine all the sites of past exploration activity. In general, the smaller the area the higher the cost. In some areas very little past activity has occurred, while in others thousands of claims must be located and investigated. The areas are traversed on foot, by pack trains from base camps, and helicopters. Helicopters cost several hundred dollars per day for a few hours of useful work, and...

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