Fourteen companies were recognized on Friday for excellence in mine reclamation for 2008. The awards were made at the concluding luncheon of the 36th Annual West Virginia Mining Symposium Charleston Civic Center.

The awards are co-sponsored by the West Virginia Coal Association and the West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection. To be eligible, a mining operation must be nominated by their local state inspector.

The awards include special presentations for conservation. Ducks Unlimited presented the West Virginia Wetlands Award to Coal-Mac, Inc. for its wetlands development in Mingo and Logan counties. The Turkey Habitat Restoration Award went to Pioneer Fuel Corporation’s Simmon’s Fork Surface Mine 1 in  Wyoming County.

The Greenlands Award, the state’s top environmental award, went to Brooks Run Mining Company in Webster County.

"Today we recognized the real, true practicing environmentalists of this state and nation,” said WVCA President Bill Raney. “The men and women who mine, manage and support these award-winning operations truly set the standard for environmentali achievement and practical stewardship.”

State and national leaders, energy experts and others to address group, February 18-20

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State and national leaders, including Gov. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, (R-WV), will join with energy experts and regulatory officials to address representatives of the state’s coal industry during the 36th annual West Virginia Coal Association Mining Symposium. The 2009 Symposium will be held Wednesday, February 18 – Friday, February 20 at the Charleston Civic Center. The event was moved to the Civic Center this year in response to rapidly growing interest in the event.

The Symposium provides industry officials, government leaders and regulatory officials a chance to come together and discuss current energy and  economic trends, mine safety, health and environmental issues. In addition to the information sessions, industry members are recognized for their safety and environmental efforts.

According to Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association, “The coal industry is vital to the future of our state and our nation.  We are an essential part of nation’s energy mix going forward and we account for almost a quarter of the state’s economy.”

The White House today confirmed President George W. Bush will meet with state and national coal industry leaders, Thursday, July 31, during the annual meeting of the West Virginia Coal Association.

The president will use the opportunity to discuss overall energy policies and the importance of clean coal technologies and nuclear technology, according to a White House spokesman.

Coal Association President Bill Raney welcomed the visit.

The 2009 Mining Symposium will be held on February 18 – 20th. We have moved the Symposium to the Charleston Civic Center and will be using the Civic Center Holiday Inn Express as the host motel. Rooms are on hold for hospitality suites and sleeping rooms will run $84.00 + tax.

To make room reservations or to book your hospitality suite contact Rusty Edens at 304- 345-0600.

Registration and program information will be sent out within the next month.

ICG Eastern Incorporated’s Birch River Complex Takes Top Honor

Eighteen West Virginia mining operations were recognized for stellar reclamation efforts in 2007 during the West Virginia Coal Association’s 35th Annual Mining Symposium on Friday.  Coal Association President Bill Raney made the announcement.

“Our companies strive to be good stewards of the land.” Raney stated.  “The Reclamation Award winners are fantastic examples of that stewardship and they are all to be commended.”

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