Twenty-seven West Virginia mining operations were recognized for stellar safety achievements in 2007 during the West Virginia Coal Association’s 35th Annual Mining Symposium on Thursday. Coal Association President Bill Raney made the announcement. 

“I can’t tell you how proud we are of these organizations’ achievements in calendar year 2007,” Raney stated. “They are truly setting the mark for our nation’s coal mining industry.”

Raney said Consol’s Robinson Run Mine in Harrison County was honored with the “2007 Barton B. Lay, Jr. Milestones of Safety Award”, which is bestowed upon the industry’s safest operation each year.

State and national leaders, energy experts to address the group

State and national leaders, including West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin and Senator Jay Rockefeller, along with energy industry experts and regulators, will address representatives from the state’s coal industry during the 35th annual West Virginia Coal Association Mining Symposium to be held Wednesday, January 9 – Friday, January 11 at the Charleston House Holiday Inn in Charleston, WV.

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