Mining Symposium Recognizes Companies for Excellence in Safety and Reclamation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. The West Virginia Coal Association convened its 46th annual West Virginia Mining Symposium this week and celebrated the safety and reclamation achievements of mining industry operations across the state.

“West Virginia’s coal industry continues to show its resilience and commitment to excellence across the board,” WVCA President Bill Raney said. “It’s always a proud day for us when we can recognize those who excel in safety and reclamation, showing that the best and brightest in the industry are right here in West Virginia.”

The Symposium took place Jan. 29-30 at the newly renovated Charleston Coliseum and Conference Center in Charleston, W.Va.


 SAFETY AWARDS

“Safety always has been and continues to be our top priority in the coal industry,” said Coal Association Senior Vice President Chris Hamilton. “It’s always a proud day for us when we recognize those who excel in safety and demonstrate the highest levels of dedication to protecting our coal miners.”

Inspectors with the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training evaluate all coal operations and contractors to select the winners. Deputy Director Eugene White presented the awards.

The Mountaineer Guardian Safety Awards presented during the Symposium’s Tuesday luncheon are:

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Coal Association is praising President Donald Trump for issuing a new domestic energy plan that will replace the Obama-era “clean power plan” that would have decimated the American coal industry.

“The good news just keeps on coming from the Trump Administration,” WVCA President Bill Raney said. “And for this good news to come on a day when he will be visiting West Virginia makes it even more significant because our coalfields were ground zero for the Obama Administration’s war on coal. It will be an honor to be in Charleston tonight with President Trump when he announces his plans to replace the Obama “Costly Power Plan” with a true domestic energy policy that will protect American jobs.”

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West Virginia is headed in the right direction and there is much to celebrate. Our unemployment rate is low, job growth is high, we anticipate a budget surplus for the first time in years and our workforce participation rate is improving. And this is just the beginning.

Our teachers received a historic raise. We are seeing an incredible amount of infrastructure development. Road and bridge construction is underway at an unprecedented rate and multiple interstate natural gas pipelines are being developed, which will help grow our state’s gas industry and the jobs it provides.

Gov. Jim Justice is leading the charge with President Donald Trump to assure mining and power plant jobs are retained in West Virginia. The Trump-Justice Plan will ensure the safety of America’s power grid while helping grow our economy here at home.

Mining Companies Recognized for Reclamation Efforts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. Shining a bright light on the incredible environmental stewardship in the coal industry, state regulators recognized a host of West Virginia mining operations for their reclamation and environmental stewardship during the 2018 West Virginia Mining Symposium.

The reclamation awards were announced Jan. 31 at the Charleston Civic Center, where the West Virginia Coal Association held its 45th annual symposium. Inspectors with the state Department of Environmental Protection selected the winners, and DEP Secretary Austin Caperton handed out the awards.

“Today’s awards are proof that those in the coal industry are the best, most dedicated environmentalist out there,” said Jason Bostic, vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association. “We appreciate DEP’s recognition of the incredible work our members are doing to reclaim mine sites and protect the natural beauty of West Virginia. They prove that we can mine coal that powers America and provides feedstock for steel mills.”

The top award – the Greenlands Award, went to Southeastern Land LLC for its work at the Twin Branch Surface Mine. Reclamation involved the redesign of the mining operation dramatically to lower its potential impacts to jurisdictional waters. The company worked with officials in Mingo and Logan counties, allowing excess overburden to be stored on an adjacent area while mining was in progress to help avoid stream disturbance. Additionally, the company and county officials changed the post-mining land use for the permit to include forest land and development of the Twin Branch Motorsports Complex, which includes a drag strip designed with the assistance of the International Hot Rod Association.

Other reclamation award winners are:

Symposium Recognizes Mountaineer Guardian Safety Award Winners

CHARLESTON, W.Va. The West Virginia Coal Association convened its 45th annual West Virginia Mining Symposium Jan. 30 and celebrated the safety achievements of mining industry operations across the state.

“It is an honor for us to present these awards and recognize companies that are leading the way in keeping miners and other workers safe,” said Coal Association Senior Vice President Chris Hamilton. “Our industry will not stop striving for perfection in safety. The goal always has been and always will be zero incidents.”

Inspectors with the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training evaluate all coal operations and contractors to select the winners. Deputy Director Eugene White presented the awards.