Students had a chance to see a drone used in coal mining engineering projects, how a natural gas well works, mine rescue teams in action, how a drill digs a well and other hands-on demonstrations from the energy industries.
Representatives from area companies and organizations were set up at stations. Students visited each station throughout the day. Presenters included: 3B Consulting, CNX Gas, Coal Mining Engineering Services, LLC., JMU Center for Wind Energy, Lee Supply Company, Inc., Nichols Construction, Noah Horn, Virginia Coal and Energy Alliance, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and the Virginia Oil and Gas Association.
DMME helped organize and sponsored the event. Representatives from energy, gas and oil, mined land reclamation and mine safety talked to students about how the agency protects workers and the environment at coal and gas sites. The students also learned about renewable energy and energy efficiency earlier in the week.
A mine rescue competition was held on campus with seven teams competing. A pre-shift competition was also held. Mine emergency “problems” were set up on the fields behind the school for the teams and individuals to solve. The exercise also serves as important training for the miners. Metinvest’s Wellmore mine rescue team won the Energy Expo Mine Rescue Competition. Bill Slone, also of the Wellmore team, took first place in the pre-shift competition.