CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Four mining operations in Boone, Logan and Lincoln counties were honored recently for environmental stewardship during the West Virginia Coal Association’s 41st Annual Mining Symposium in Charleston.
“These winners demonstrate the importance our industry places on being environmentally responsible,” West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney said. “Our companies operate at the cutting edge of the science of environmental reclamation and they are recognized the world over for their work.”
Apogee Coal Co., LLC’s North Rum Surface Mine in Logan County took home the National Wild Turkey Federation Award for its work in restoring former surface mine land for wildlife habitat. Raney said Apogee’s work goes “above and beyond normal reclamation requirements in an effort to attract wild turkey and a variety of other wildlife species to the reclaimed sites through the development of food sources, water and areas of cover.”
Hobet Mining, LLC’s Big Horse Creek Surface Mine in Boone and Lincoln counties was awarded the Ducks Unlimited Award for reclamation. Raney said, “Hobet employees have gone above and beyond normal reclamation requirements in an effort to attract ducks and a variety of other wildlife species to the reclaimed sites. To enhance its natural attraction to ducks, several duck boxes were installed around some of the ponds to provide secure nesting sites.”
Additionally, Alpha Natural Resources’ Elk Run Coal Co. in Boone County was awarded the Good Neighbor & Community Outreach Award and Mingo Logan Coal Company’s Adkins Fork No. 2 Deep Mine in Boone and Logan County received the Underground Reclamation Southern Region Award.
“We always say coal miners are the real environmentalists. When you look at the work these companies are doing there is no doubt about the accuracy of that statement,” Raney said.
Thirteen companies in total were recognized for their commitment to the environment at the Symposium, one of the nation’s top coal industry events. Arch Coal, Inc.’s Leer Mining Complex in Taylor County claimed the state’s top award for environmental stewardship – The Greenlands Award.