The Bureau of Mines research program for mining systems for western coal has as its objective the development and demonstration of underground mining methods and technology for extracting western coal that will promote increased productivity, resource recovery, and safety while at the same time minimizing undesirable effects to the environment and to adjacent coal reserves. Research will be conducted primarily by means of cost-sharing agreements, cooperative agreements, and contracts between the Bureau of Mines and mining companies culminating in in-mine demonstrations.
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