Mining Law Summit

Third Annual Mining Law Summit 
November 9, 2018

“Mine Safety: Sharing Solutions”

Sponsored and hosted by The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law Global Mining Law Program and the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources.


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Event Details

8–8:30 a.m. Registration and Coffee


8:30–8:35 a.m. Safety Share


8:35–9:15 a.m. TOPIC 1

The Bingham Canyon Slope Failure: Preparing for disaster and the value of sharing prior experience. 

Speaker: Bradley J. Ross, Director for Geotechnical Center for Excellence, Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources, University of Arizona


9:15–10:00 a.m. TOPIC 2

MSHA 101: A presentation of the general background and exercise of MSHA authority. 

Speaker: David Lauriski, former Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health (2001–04), now Director, Predictive Safety SRP, Inc.


10–10:20 a.m. Break


10:20–11 a.m. TOPIC 3

Proposals for Self-Audit: Mining operators are in the process of developing robust self-audit systems to help monitor and correct for noncompliance with safety standards. These programs not only enable business-wide visibility on non-compliance, but facilitate the rapid sharing of information regarding safety-related incidents, critical controls, and learnings. BHP is developing a multi-layered approach to safety management and highlights the potential benefits of being able to share learnings not only within Rio Tinto, but with the industry more broadly. 

Speaker: Bryan Pett, Rio Tinto


11– 11:50 a.m. TOPIC 4

Why is Information Not Shared?: This presentation examines cultural and legal resistance to sharing safety lessons: The next level of enforcement through sharing of information; an analysis of “behavioral based safety.” 

Speaker: Donna Pryor, Attorney/Partner, Husch Blackwell, Denver


11:50–1 p.m. Lunch and networking


1–3 p.m. TOPIC 5

Panel, Different Voices React to a Crisis: John Lacy will moderate a session where a hypothetical crisis is presented for discussion from panelists:

In-house lawyer: Matt Bingham, Rosemont

External lawyer: Donna Pryor, Attorney/Partner, Husch Blackwell, Denver

Safety Manager: Paul Yslas, Asarco

Insurance Carrier/Risk Management: Denis Smith, McLarens International

Communications: Kyle Bennett, Rio Tinto

Environmental Manager: Kathy Arnold, Rosemont

Engineering/Technical: Brad Ross, UA

MSHA: Larry Corte, Freeport

3–3:15 p.m. Break

3:15–4 p.m. TOPIC 6

A Search for Independent Expertise: The U.S. Bureau of Mines historically provided reliable independent technical expertise to both government and the mining industry. Today, MSHA relies on NIOSH for research to support some new regulations and the National Mining Association has developed the CORE Safety program template that companies can adapt. However, no government agency provides the breadth of research relevant to the diverse needs of the minerals industry and small mining companies do not have the resources to implement complex safety systems. This presentation will review the events that resulted in the disbanding of the Bureau of Mines, past efforts to restore it and propose that an industry-academic partnership should be created to address the technical and educational needs of both large and small companies. 

Speaker: Mary Poulton, Co-Director, Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources


4–4:30 p.m. Questions and Comments


4:30 p.m. TOPIC 7

Call for Papers: The goal here is to suggest that the participants and audience members put out a call for safety papers to address the future of implementation of safety expertise and training.


4:30–5:30 p.m. Reception


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Updated 11/08/2018

General Registration - $200.00
Student (UA) - No Charge
Student (other) - $50.00
Faculty and Staff - $50.00

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We have secured a block of rooms at the Marriott University Park at the rate of $123/night. The block is available for registrants from November 6-November 12. You must be booked by October 15, 2018 to receive this special rate.

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