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Westmoreland’s Jewett mine wins safety and reclamation award

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Westmoreland Coal Co.’s Jewett mine has been presented with two awards: the 2014 Sentinels of Safety Award from the National Mining Association and the 2015 Railroad Commission of Texas Coal Mining Reclamation Award.

The National Mining Association’s Sentinels of Safety Award acknowledges and honours outstanding mining facilities based on size and mining method. In the large surface coal category, the Jewett mine was recognised for its exemplary performance in 2014. The mine completed 836 853 hrs without a loss time incident – 160 000 hr more than the next mine in its category.

The Railroad Commission of Texas presented the Reclamation Award to the Jewett Mine, ackowledging Jewett’s innovative, solar-powered water well that supplies portable irrigation used for re-vegetation of reclamation acreage planted with trees and shrubs.

“Safety and environmental excellence are the cornerstones of the Westmoreland foundation of value. Receiving the Sentinels of Safety Award along with the 2015 Railroad Commission of Texas environmental award are tremendous accomplishments that reflect our mine employees commitment to those values. I am very proud of the entire Texas Westmoreland team for their outstanding dedication and effort,” commented Denny Kingsley, General Manager of Jewett mine.

John Schadan, Westmoreland’s President said: “we are proud of all of our employees for their commitment and dedication to health and safety, and the protection of the environment.” He continued: “these two special awards recognise the outstanding achievements of the Jewett mine team and we would like to express our appreciation to the National Mining Association and the Railroad Commission of Texas for this recognition.”

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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