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State mining operations honored for environmental stewardship

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Xinergy Ltd.’s South Fork Coal Company Clearco Preparation Plant in Greenbrier County claimed the state’s top award for environmental stewardship – the Greenlands Award – at the West Virginia Coal Association’s 42st Annual West Virginia Mining Symposium held January 28th-30th in Charleston.

Also during the symposium, 12 other operations were recognized for their commitment to the environment as being some of the nation’s top operations.

In presenting the Greenlands Award to Xinergy’s Clearco Preparation Plant, West Virginia Coal Association Vice President Jason Bostic said, “This award is for their work to maximize protection of the regional ecosystem while considering the welfare, concerns, and issues of residents.”

Mingo Logan Coal Company’s Left Fork Surface Mine in Boone and Logan Counties received the National Wild Turkey Federation Award for its work in restoring former surface mine land for wildlife habitat. Bostic said Mingo Logan’s work goes “above and beyond normal reclamation requirements in an effort to attract wild turkey and a variety of other wildlife species to the reclaimed sites through the development of food sources, water and areas of cover.”

“These winners demonstrate the importance our industry places on being environmentally responsible,” Bostic said. “Our companies are at the cutting edge of the science of environmental reclamation, recognized the world over for their work.”

“We would like to congratulate Xinergy, Mingo Logan and all the other companies who were recognized for their hard work and responsible reclamation,” said Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association. “Each of these companies goes far beyond what is required to restore former mine lands. We always say our West Virginia coal miners are the real environmentalists. When you look at the work that is actually done there is no doubt about the accuracy of that statement.”

The following companies also took home individual awards for environmental restoration at the Symposium:

Reclamation Awards

1.       Greenlands Award: Xinergy Ltd/South Fork Coal Company, Clearco Preparation Plant – Greenbrier County

2.       National Wild Turkey Federation Award: Mingo Logan/Left Fork Surface Mine – Boone and Logan counties

3.       Good Neighbor and Community Outreach Award: Coal-Mac, Inc. / Pine Creek No. 1 Surface Mine – Mingo County

4.       AML Award: Eastern Arrow/Whitman Barbie Highwall #1 – Monongalia County

5.       AML Award: Green Mountain Company/Colliers Sportsman Club Highway – Brooke County

6.       Refuse Reclamation / Northern Region: Arch Coal Co./Sentinel Complex – Barbour County

7.       Refuse Reclamation / Southern Region: Greenbrier Smokeless Coal Co./Buck Lilly Mining Complex – Greenbrier County

8.       Surface Reclamation / Southern Region: Met Resources LLC/McComas No. 2 Surface Mine – Mercer County

9.       Surface Reclamation / Southern Region: Alpha Natural Resources/Republic Energy No. 2 Surface Mine – Kanawha, Fayette and Raleigh counties

10.   Surface Reclamation / Southern Region: Coal-Mac, Inc./Phoenix No. 4 Surface Mine – Mingo and Logan counties

11.   Valley Fill Construction / Southern Region: Catenary Coal Co./Samples Surface Mine – Kanawha, Boone and Raleigh counties

12.   Valley Fill Construction / Southern Region: Alpha Natural Resources/Republic Energy Empire Surface Mine – Kanawha County

13.   Water Treatment: Alpha Natural Resources / Road Fork Development Turkey Creek Refuse Area – Wyoming County

14.   Impoundment Construction / Southern Region: Alpha Natural Resources/Kepler Processing Wallace Cabin Branch Impoundment – Wyoming County

15.   Impoundment Construction / Southern Region: Alpha Natural Resources/Power Mountain Coal Company Sugarcamp Refuse Impoundment – Nicholas County

16.   Haulroad Construction: Consol of Kentucky, Inc./Twin Branch Surface Mine – Mingo and Logan counties

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