10/21/2011 Archived Entry: "International Visitors at Magoffin County Mine Site"
On October 12, CAER Eastern KY Regional Representative Greg Copley hosted a coal mining excursion for international visitors. Keith Fletcher of Licking River Resources in Magoffin Co. hosted a surface mine operation tour for visitors from Sweden and South Africa. Mr. Fletcher described the mining operations and provided insight to Susanna Baltscheffsky, an environment and climate reporter with Svenska Dagbladet in Stockholm, Sweden. Additionally Nicola Wagner, a visiting professor from South Africa, working at CAER with James Hower participated in the tour. This was the first time either had been to a Kentucky coal mine.
Mr. Fletcher provided details on past and current mining and reclamation practices. In addition to observing coal extraction they visited the coal wash plant and saw how environmental and safety requirements are met and exceeded.
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