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USGS: Third Quarter Ups and Downs

usgsDecember 18, 2012 – USGS is just about to report third-quarter production numbers, and the inside scoop is that an estimated 580 metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the third quarter of 2012, a decrease of 5 percent compared with that of the same period of 2011. That's the bad news. The good news is that the estimated production for consumption in the first 9 months of 2012 was 1.48 billion metric tons (Gt), a slight increase compared with that of the same period of 2011.

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Happy National Miners Day

labor-secretary-nominee-hilda-solisDecember 6, 2012 – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement to commemorate National Miners Day: "We honor America's miners who made the ultimate sacrifice and pay tribute to all of the men and women who make their living in this most noble profession. In 1907, the worst industrial accident took place in American history when 362 miners perished in the tragic Monongah disaster in West Virginia. A century later, Congress created National Miners Day to honor them and the memories of every miner who ever lost a life on the job.

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Getting Friendly

mmmDecember 3, 2012 – If the rumors are true, Martin Marietta Material's bid to buy Vulcan Materials may go from hostile to friendly.

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Bridge Collapse in New Jersey

derailNovember 30, 2012 – How much longer are you going to wait to pass an adequate infrastructure bill, Congress? Today we got the news that a rail bridge collapsed on Friday over a creek in southern New Jersey, causing a Conrail freight train to derail and spill hazardous chemicals into the water, authorities said.

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$1 Million-Per-Day Fine for Mining Sand

Frac_SandNovember 27, 2012 – This just in from the "This is Ridiculous" Department. Wisconsin Public Radio News reported that frac sand mining companies face a $1 million-per-day fine if they dig in the town of Kinnickinnik during the next year. The penalty is part of a sand mining moratorium, and is the most expensive fine the industry faces in the state.

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