Awards presented during annual Coal Symposium in Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Thirty-three West Virginia mining operations were recognized for stellar safety efforts in 2009 during the West Virginia Coal Association’s 37th Annual Mining Symposium on Thursday.  

“All of our companies strive to meet the highest standards of safety.” West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney said.  “I wish we could recognize every single operation. These award winners are fantastic examples of the commitment to safety every one of our member companies shows on a daily basis.
Each of them is to be commended for the hard work they put in each day to sure their operations are as safe as possible and to send our people home at the end of their shifts.” 

Raney said Simmons Fork Mining, LLC’s Ewing Fork #1 operation took the top honor for surface mines, claiming the Bart B. Lay, Jr. Milestones of Safety Award. Raney said Mingo-Logan’s Mountaineer #2 mine claimed this year’s Eustace Frederick Milestones of Safety Award for underground mines.  

“Both Simmon’s Fork and Mingo-Logan have taken steps above and beyond what is required by state and federal regulations,” Raney said. “ They are the truly dedicated to the safety of their employees, and they are greatly deserving of this award.” 

The West Virginia Coal Association’s Mountaineer Guardian Awards are presented each year to mining companies that have demonstrated a commitment to safety standards.  Inspectors for the West Virginia Office of Mine Health Safety and Training nominate companies based on numerous criteria.  

The companies receiving Mountaineer Guardian Awards for  2009 are listed on the following pages.  For additional information, contact Bill Raney or Chris Hamilton at (304) 342-4153.

All Award Winners 2009
(33 total)

Eustace Frederick Milestone’s In Safety Award 
Underground Mines
Mingo Logan Mountaineer #2 Operation

Bart B. Lay Milestone’s in Safety Award
Surface Mines
Simmons Fork Mining LLC, Ewing Fork #1


Wolf Run Mining Company - Imperial Mine
Consolidation Coal Company - Blacksville #2
Eastern Associated Coal Corp. - Federal #2
Consolidation Coal Company - Loveridge Mine
Brooks Run Mining Company LLC - Cucumber Mine
Pinnacle Mining Company LLC - Pinnacle Mine
Mountain Edge Mining Inc. - Sugar Maple Mine
Rivers Edge Mining Inc. - Rivers Edge Mine
Newtown Energy Inc. - Coalburg #2 Mine
Aracoma Coal Company - Henshaw Mine
Kingston Resources Inc. - Kingston #1
Brooks Run Mining Company LLC - Poplar Ridge #1
Midland Trail Energy LLC - Campbell’s Creek #7


Simmons Fork Mining Inc.  - Paynter Branch
Alex Energy Inc. - North Surface #1
Phoenix Coal-Mac Mining Inc. - Holden 22 Surface
White Flame Energy Inc. - White Flame #10
Southern WV Resources LLC - #1 Surface Mine
ICG Eastern LLC - Birch River Mine
Fola Coal Company LLC  - Surface Mine #1

Preparation Plants 

Carter Roag Coal Company - Star Bridge Preparation Plant
Litwar Processing Company, LLC - Litwar Preparation Plant
Peabody Coal Company - Big Mountain Preparation Plant
Eastern Associated Coal Corp. - Harris Preparation Plant
Mingo Logan Coal Company - Cardinal Preparation Plant
Argus Energy WV - Wayne County River Terminal
Fola Coal Company - Peach Orchard Preparation Plant
West Virginia Mine Power Inc. - Midland Trail #1 Preparation Plant
ICG Eastern LLC - Birch River Preparation Plant

Quarry Operations

US Silica - Berkeley Springs

Independent Contractors

Tyler Trucking Company LLC

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