Title page for ETD etd-040899-151628


Type of Document Dissertation
Author Westman, Erik Christian
URN etd-040899-151628
Title A Characterization and Determination of the Coal Reserves and Resources of Southwest Virginia
Degree PhD
Department Mining and Minerals Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Haycocks, Christopher Committee Member
Karmis, Michael E. Committee Member
Luttrell, Gerald H. Committee Member
Suboleski, Stanley Committee Member
Topuz, Ertugrul Committee Member
Wilson, John Committee Member
Keywords
  • Virginia
  • Economic Model
  • Coal Resources
  • Coal Reserves
Date of Defense 1999-04-14
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Coal mining and timber are the two primary industries supporting the people of Southwest Virginia. Coal mining has occurred for more than 100 years, but production has dropped since reaching a peak in 1990. In order to properly plan with remaining coal production a study was conducted to characterize and estimate coal resources. Seam thickness was found to be the parameter which most influenced resource levels. An economic model was developed to determine which portion of the reserves could economically be extracted. It was found that 3.95 billion tons, or 14% of the remaining resource, is economic under current mining conditions. More than 60% of these reserves, however, are in deep seams which require shafts to be constructed prior to initiation of mining.
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