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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.
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.
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 below
 
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
Underground
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
Surface
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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