Operations Manager, Jewett Mine
Michael has been the Operations Manager for Westmoreland Jewett Mining since February 2018. His employment at the Jewett Mine began in March 2006, since when he has held various leadership roles in the Engineering and Environmental Compliance Departments. He is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the mine, as well as the fiscal management of the mine. He directs and ensures all mine related activities are conducted in compliance with prevailing safety and environmental regulations. He also serves as the principal interface with NRG Energy – the mine’s major customer – local communities, regulatory agencies, and vendors for the mine.
Michael graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering. Following graduation, he held numerous engineering and environmental positions at various subsidiaries of Peabody Energy Company in both surface and underground coal mining operations in Illinois, Indiana, Montana, Arizona and Colorado, prior to leaving Peabody in 2001. At that time, he joined Westmoreland when he accepted the position of Engineering and Environmental Manager for Dakota Westmoreland Corporation in Beulah, North Dakota.
Michael is a member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, the Texas Mining and Reclamation Association, the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute, Friends of Coal West, and the American Society of Mining and Reclamation. In 2015, he served as Chairman of the Texas Mining and Reclamation Association.