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2011-02-07 15:05:00

SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va., Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- International Coal Group, Inc. (NYSE: ICO) today announced that four of its mining operations received the prestigious Mountaineer Guardian Award for outstanding safety performance in 2010 from the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety, and Training and the West Virginia Coal Association. Additionally, one operation received a West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection ("WVDEP") Reclamation Award for innovative design,...

2011-01-13 10:54:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today its veto of a properly issued, valid Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 permit for Mingo Logan's Spruce No. 1 surface mine located in West Virginia. This is the first time in history EPA has revoked a previously issued, valid CWA Section 404 permit. The Spruce permit was issued in 2007 after an in-depth 10-year review, including a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement....

2010-10-21 13:34:00

JULIAN, W.Va., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Massey Energy Company (NYSE: MEE) announced today that its Empire Surface Mine has achieved a major safety milestone by working more than 1,000 days without incurring a single lost-time accident. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20071031/MASSEYENERGYLOGO ) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071031/MASSEYENERGYLOGO ) "I commend the members at Empire Surface for their unwavering commitment to working safely everyday," said Don L....

2010-10-06 16:03:00

CHARLESTON, W. Va., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin (D) announced Wednesday the state is suing the Obama Administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for holding up the permitting process for coal mining operations in West Virginia. Manchin said the lawsuit, which has been planned for several months, specifically challenges the court to declare EPA's actions improper and illegal. State officials have spoken with officials in Virginia and...

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2010-08-03 12:47:08

Current mitigation does not compensate for losses On Tuesday, August 3rd, as part of the Ecological Society of America's (ESA) 95th Annual Meeting, a team of scientists will discuss the environmental impacts of surface mining in the central Appalachians. Home to some of the most diverse habitats on the continent, Appalachian forests and streams are being permanently altered by mountaintop removal and valley fill mining. This coal extraction procedure involves felling trees, stripping soils,...

2010-08-03 10:33:00

SCOTT DEPOT, W. Va., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- International Coal Group, Inc. (NYSE: ICO) today announced that its ICG Beckley subsidiary will be honored for outstanding active mine reclamation and community involvement by the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. The Gold Good Neighbor Award for Excellence in Surface Coal Mining will be presented to ICG Beckley at the National Mining Association Awards dinner on October 18, 2010 in Washington, DC. The award...

2010-06-01 15:05:00

ST. LOUIS, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Patriot Coal Corporation (NYSE: PCX) today announced that seven operations were recognized for their 2009 safety performance at the Annual Meeting of the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association. The following operations each received awards from the West Virginia Office of Miners Health, Safety & Training: Big Mountain preparation plant Campbell's Creek No. 7 mine Coalburg No. 2 mine Guyan Surface mine Rivers Edge mine Rocklick's Matewan...

2010-05-28 10:43:00

JULIAN, W.Va., May 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Massey Energy Company (NYSE: MEE) today announced that nine of its operations have been honored for their exemplary commitment to safety excellence based on their outstanding safety records during 2009. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071031/MASSEYENERGYLOGO ) The Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association presented awards to: Alex Energy - No. 1 Mine, North Surface Mine Aracoma Coal Company - Hernshaw Mine Black Castle Surface...

2010-05-26 16:00:00

ABINGDON, Va., May 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE: ANR), a leading U.S. coal producer, today announced that seven of its affiliates' mining operations were recognized for their safety performance at the 27th Annual West Virginia State Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association meeting held May 21-22, 2010 at the Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, W.Va. The West Virginia state safety awards were presented to underground mines, surface mines and preparation plants from...

2010-05-13 07:25:00

DUNBAR, Va., May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE: ACI) today announced that its Cumberland River Coal Company as well as Surface Supervisor Wayne Smith earned Virginia state environmental awards for outstanding reclamation efforts. Cumberland River's Pardee surface mine was honored with the Virginia Excellence in Reforestation Award for its forestry reclamation project that utilized the Forestry Reclamation Approach to plant native hardwoods in loose soil instead of...