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the meeting can be found at http://www.tips.osmre.gov/NCMGC/NCMGC_Meeting_2006.asp .

Developing Coal Mining Spatial Data Standards

At the National Meeting of SMCRA Geospatial Data Stewards, the NCMGC announced plans and requested volunteers to develop voluntary standards for the exchange of coal mining spatial data among the states, tribes, OSM offices, coal mining industry, and the public.  Developing these standards will help advance the use of geospatial technology for implementing SMCRA.

On August 2, initial selections from among the volunteers were made to establish the Coal Mining Spatial Data Standards ASTM Task Group.  The task group consists of representatives from the state regulatory programs, OSM offices, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), coal industry (National Mining Association), and the general public.

Daniel Kestner and Tom Galya will co-chair the task group and provide coordination and leadership.  Joe Ritchey, a qualified professional facilitator knowledgeable and experienced in development of voluntary standards under American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) guidelines, will provide technical support.  Julie Maitra will provide coordination with the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) as the task group works on establishing an ASTM standard.  Current members of the Coal Mining Spatial Data Standards ASTM Task Group are listed in Table 1 below.

Name

State/OSM Affiliation

Alan Wilhelm

OSM, Western Region Office

Arielle Feitelson

OSM Appalachian Region Office

Bruce Johnson

North Dakota Public Service Commission

Daniel Kestner (Co-chair)

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

Darrell Trent

Peabody Coal Company

Jo Gault

OSM, Knoxville Field Office

Joe Ritchey (Facilitator)

ASTM International

Kathy Rossmann

Ohio Division of Mineral Resources Management

Mike Shank

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection

Robert Hughes

Luzerne (PA) Conservation District

Sandin Phillipson

Mine Safety and Health Administration

Tom Galya (Co-chair)

OSM, Charleston Field Office

Table 1: Members of the Coal Mining Spatial Data Standards ASTM Task Group.

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