Southern IL Coal Mine Subsidence Presentation

November 30, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Collinsville Memorial Library Center Community Room
408 W. Main St.
IL 62234
Erin Shay
mine subsidence

Mine Subsidence is an issue on the minds of all that live and work in Southern Illinois.

As the coal mines of the 1800’s continue to age, the likelihood of subsidence increases. The evening’s presentations will include Metro-East mining history, an overview of mining, mine collapse, surface subsidence, subsidence damage and remediation.  In addition, information will be presented on the Illinois Emergency Program and on Mine Subsidence Insurance.

The presentation will be held at Collinsville Memorial Library Center, in Collinsville, Illinois on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The presentation is free and open to the public.


Mr. Dave Tucker, Curator of the Illinois Coal Museum at Gillespie

After retiring from many years in the restaurant and food manufacturing arena, Dave has turned a lifelong love of museums into a labor of love. His interest in what was happening beneath the city of Gillespie was sparked after the Benld Elementary School experienced severe subsidence damage in 2009 and he sat on the site selection committee for the new school. In the process of selecting a new site, Mr. Tucker heard explanations of subsidence given by Dr. Jerry Marino of Marino Engineering Associates, Inc., and Dr. Sam Spearing, a mine engineering professor at Southern Illinois University. As an alderman, Dave was searching for ways to spur economic growth, and through researching the story of the coal industry in the area, the idea for a local coal museum began to grow. Through years of research, sourcing exhibits, and construction, the Illinois Coal Museum at Gillespie is now becoming a reality.

Dr. Jerry Marino, P.E., D.GE, President of Marino Engineering Associates, Inc.

Dr. Jerry Marino received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 1985, from the University of Illinois. His thesis topic was related to mine subsidence and structural response to subsidence over room and pillar mines. Working in the area of mine subsidence for over 37 years in various ore fields in the U.S., Dr. Marino has researched and consulted on all aspects of subsidence engineering with government agencies, engineering and architectural firms, surface owners, as well as pipeline, insurance and mining companies.  His work includes planning, mining and abandonment stages of room and pillar to high extraction workings, as well as related cause and origin investigations. Over the course of his career, Dr. Marino has authored over 100 articles and publications on subsidence engineering topics.

Mr. Brent Guttmann, P.E., Office of Mines and Minerals, Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Brent Guttmann is the Emergency Unit Supervisor of the Abandoned Mined Lands Reclamation Division, Office of Mines and Minerals, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).  He has been a Licensed Professional Engineer since 2001 and has worked for IDNR since 2014. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  He has experience in the areas of structural, geotechnical, construction and transportation engineering. Prior to employment with IDNR, Brent held various engineering positions at Sverdrup Civil, the Illinois Department of Transportation, and the US Army Surface Deployment and Distribution Command.

Mrs. Kathy Moran, Industry Relations/Consumer Education Manager, Illinois Mine Subsidence Insurance Fund

Mrs. Moran presently serves as the Industry Relations and Consumer Education Manager for the Illinois Mine Subsidence Insurance Fund. She has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry. Her past positions include Senior Underwriter for the Illinois Fair Plan Association, and Marketing and Training Specialist for Bankers Life and Casualty. After taking a break to raise her family, she joined the Fund in 1999 as an Underwriting Specialist. Mrs. Moran oversees public education, and is responsible for producing brochures, media ads, and website content for both the public and industry sectors. In addition, her duties encompass functions pertaining to Insurers, such as authoring training materials, circulars, bulletins and procuring compliance with the mine subsidence statute. Her most recent project was the publication of a comprehensive Historical Record detailing the 36-year history of the Fund and the events and legislative actions leading up to its creation. Mrs. Moran is a native Chicagoan, a graduate of Northern Illinois University, and currently resides with her husband in Park Ridge, IL. She has two grown daughters and one grandson.

Topics for the evening include:

  • Metro East Mining History
  • Understanding Mine Subsidence
  • State Emergency Program
  • Mine Subsidence Insurance

There will also be a Q&A panel after the presentation.

This presentation is sponsored by the Illinois Coal Museum at Gillespie.

The Collinsville Memorial Library Center is located at 408 W. Main St., Collinsville, IL 62234.


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