Environmental Awards

National Award for Excellence in Surface Mining
Massey Energy’s Superior Surface Mine was given a National Award for Excellence in Surface Mining by the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) in September 2008. The award was one of four national awards presented in OSM’s annual competition.

In granting the awards, OSM Director Brent Wahlquist said, “These awards recognize the highest achievements in innovative techniques, reforestation, preparing mined land for long term agricultural use and building enduring community infrastructure.”

Their innovative engineering at the Superior Surface Mine demonstrates the commitment, technology and expertise every member brings to our mines in Appalachia. We are proud that their work has been recognized with this award.

West Virginia DEP and West Virginia Coal Association Awards
In Janurary 2008, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the West Virginia Coal Association recognized Rum Creek Coal Sales’ Anna Branch Surface Mine with the 2007 Surface Mine South Award and gave the 2007 Haul Road South Award to Aracoma Coal Company’s Ethel Hollow Haul Road.

The surface mine award recognized the exemplary design, operation and reclamation efforts at the Anna Branch Surface Mine in Logan County. DEP emphasized the mine’s development and operation in coordination with the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System in order to minimize disruptions for trail users. The company’s reclamation program at the mine included effective efforts to establish vegetation and obtain a high tree survival rate.

The haul road award given to Aracoma Coal Company noted that the company went to great lengths to protect the environment and to minimize stream impacts during the rehabilitation of the pre-law Ethel Hollow Haul Road. The company also stabilized, protected and preserved unique stone structures from the early days of mining in the region and is looking to incorporate them into the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System.

American Society of Foresters Woodlands Award
The American Society of Foresters and the DEP awarded the Woodlands Award to Black Castle Mining Company. Hundreds of acres at the mine have been replanted with hardwoods using a commercial forestry plan in order to make the land more productive.

It was particularly rewarding that a wide variety of initiatives were highlighted by these awards including the design and operation of our surface mines and haul roads, our consideration for users of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System, successful mine reclamation, and our extensive reforestation efforts and innovation. These awards highlight our constant commitment and efforts to protect the environment and improve the quality of life in West Virginia.