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2009-08-06 16:00:00

BEAVERTON, Ore., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Cobb Rock Quarry, owned and operated by CalPortland Company, formerly known as Glacier Northwest, has been named the outstanding mine operator in Division 1 by Oregon's Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). According to DOGAMI, the award is based on the "neat, orderly, stable and safe" development of the site. "We're very proud of our people and their record of safe and environmentally responsible management of Cobb Rock Quarry,"...

2009-08-06 12:00:00

State's Coal Field Citizens and Environmental Integrity Project Cite Official's Intransigent Position on Coal Ash "Minefilling" and Other Destructive Practices as Harmful to Pennsylvania. WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A total of 125 Pennsylvania coal field residents are sending a joint letter to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in strong opposition to the nomination of Joseph Pizarchik to serve as the new director of the U.S. Office of Surface Mining...

2009-07-16 14:00:00

RICHMOND, Va., July 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Massey Energy Company (NYSE: MEE) announced today that it has completed a reserve exchange with various subsidiaries of Foundation Coal Holdings, Inc., through which it has acquired approximately 23 million tons of strategically located coal reserves and the operating assets associated with Foundation's idle Laurel Creek Operation in Mingo County, WV. The acquired coal reserves and operating assets are located directly adjacent to Massey's...

2009-06-16 16:29:00

CHARLESTON, W.Va., June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Massey Energy Company (NYSE: MEE) today announced that its Marfork Coal Company subsidiary of Raleigh County West Virginia is the winner of the Company's prestigious Green Miner Award for 2008. The Green Miner award annually recognizes the operating subsidiary that best exemplifies Massey's commitment to environmental excellence and will be presented at the Green Miner Award Banquet on Wednesday, June 17, 2009. (Logo:...

2009-05-21 10:00:00

Three Miles of Dangerous Highwalls, Coal Refuse Piles to be Eliminated HARRISBURG, Pa., May 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dangerous abandoned mine lands with more than three miles of highwalls and large piles of mine spoil in Clearfield County will be reclaimed under a $1.8 million project announced today by Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger. The project will control erosion at the 146-acre site in the village of Grassflat in Cooper Township to improve water quality entering...

2009-05-15 10:00:00

Projects Will Remove Safety Hazards, Improve Water Quality HARRISBURG, Pa., May 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Approximately 340 acres of dangerous abandoned mine lands containing steep cliffs, piles of waste coal that pollute streams, and exposed coal seams that can catch fire from burning trash will be cleaned up under 13 contracts awarded during the first four months of this year, according to Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger. DEP awarded the contracts under programs that...

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2009-04-28 06:45:50

The U.S. Interior Department intends to overturn a Bush administration regulation that allowed coal mining companies to dispose of mountaintop debris into valley streams with little consequence, Reuters reported on Monday.  Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, called the regulation a "major misstep" warranting his decision to propose to the Justice Department to go to the courts to withdraw the Bush rule and give it back to the Interior to terminate the policy.  Salazar suggests...

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2009-03-27 14:49:08

Volunteers in Kentucky are gathering to plant millions of trees in a massive reforestation project to undo the damages caused to Appalachian mining sites. Last week, about 70 volunteers came into Blackey, Kentucky as a part of the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative, a movement led by the U.S. Office of Surface Mining to plant thousands of trees on lands that were left barren by coal mining projects. "We've got an estimated 741,000 acres in Appalachia that are barren," Sam Adams,...

2009-03-03 09:00:00

Agency Invests $32 Million to Complete 57 Abandoned Mine Reclamation Projects HARRISBURG, Pa., March 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Environmental Protection acting Secretary John Hanger reported today that DEP completed 57 abandoned mine reclamation projects in 2008 that reclaimed more than 960 acres of mine-scarred lands and will restore life to dead streams. Hanger said abandoned mine lands endanger the public and limit economic development and recreational opportunities in former mining...

2009-02-25 09:15:00

ABINGDON, Va., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- An Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE: ANR) subsidiary operation has won the state's top environmental award announced during the 36th annual West Virginia Coal Association Mining Symposium in Charleston, W.V. Brooks Run Mining Company, an Alpha subsidiary, received the Green Lands Award, the state's highest reclamation recognition for best overall performance by a coal operator in all facets of environmental protection and the mining...


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