August 2016 Executive Director’s Blog


Clockwise: 2015 Industry Tour; June 2016 Drone Panel; Fall 2015 Networking Event; CSSGA Board President, Garrett Varra, with the 2016 Gayle Lyman Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Hello CSSGA members.  As the busy summer continues, here is what is going on at your CSSGA trade association.

In June, CSSGA held a very successful panel discussion regarding Drones.  Representatives from Apex Companies, Jackson Kelly PLLC, Montana Aerial Survey and W.H. Smith & Associates spoke to the group.  This technology is becoming more popular in the mining industry as a safer and faster way of obtaining information on the mines, as well as stockpile measurement and management.  Legal and operational issues were openly discussed for the industry to better understand the technology while assessing the risks involved.

Regarding another safety item, MSHA has recently released their proposed ruling regarding workplace exams.  While we are very supportive of new ways to keep miners safe, CSSGA, along with NSSGA believes these proposed rules are overreaching and unnecessary to improve safety.  As MSHA held a series of public hearings, I testified at the Arlington, VA session to help explain why these proposed rules would negatively impact operators, and not have the positive effects on miner safety as believed.  The public comment period is open through September 6th, expect to see more information from the CSSGA on this matter.

The CSSGA board of directors recognized the 2016 Gayle Lyman Memorial Scholarship recipients Kathy Junglen and Neil Vlier-Kraus during our June board of directors meeting. Former Board President, Gayle Lyman, was dedicated to supporting students pursuing degrees in or applicable to the aggregate, construction management, or mining industries. The leadership of CSSGA is honored to award the scholarships to the deserving students for the 2016-2017 academic year in Mr. Lyman’s honor. Read this article for details of their academic pursuits.

We are also conducting our Industry Tour again on August 23rd.  This tour is designed to bring in those from the legislative and regulatory branches of our industry and show them firsthand what happens in an operating mine.  This year we are proud to be touring the Albert Frei & Sons quarry by Idaho Springs.  Contact our office for more information and if you would like to participate.

Lastly, our Fall Networking Event is scheduled for September 20 at the Colorado Mining Exchange in Colorado Springs.  Events such as these across the state are a great way to interact with both producer and associate members, as well as elected officials. Register today! View photos from last year’s event on our Facebook page.

I hope everyone’s summer continues to be safe.  Let us know how we can help your business.  Thanks.

Todd R. Ohlheiser

Executive Director