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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.
OSM, Western Region Office
OSM Appalachian Region Office
North Dakota Public Service Commission
Daniel Kestner (Co-chair)
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
Peabody Coal Company
OSM, Knoxville Field Office
Joe Ritchey (Facilitator)
Ohio Division of Mineral Resources Management
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
Luzerne (PA) Conservation District
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.