Xinergy Ltd’s South Fork Coal Co. Clearco Preparation Plant in Greenbrier County claimed West Virginia’s top award for environmental stewardship – the Greenlands Award – at the West Virginia Coal Association’s 42nd Annual West Virginia Mining Symposium held in Charleston.
Also during the Symposium, twelve other operations were recognised for their commitment to the environment as being some of the nation’s top operations.
In presenting the Greenlands Award to Xinergy’s Clearco Preparation Plant, West Virginia Coal Association Vice President, Jason Bostic, said, “This award is for their work to maximize protection of the regional ecosystem while considering the welfare, concerns, and issues of residents.”
Mingo Logan Coal Company’s Left Fork Surface Mine in Boone and Logan Counties received the National Wild Turkey Federation Award for its work in restoring former opencast mine land for wildlife habitat. Bostic said Mingo Logan’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.”
“These winners demonstrate the importance our industry places on being environmentally responsible,” Bostic said. “Our companies are at the cutting edge of the science of environmental reclamation, recognized the world over for their work.”
“We would like to congratulate Xinergy, Mingo Logan and all the other companies who were recognized for their hard work and responsible reclamation,” said Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association. “Each of these companies goes far beyond what is required to restore former mine lands. We always say our West Virginia coal miners are the real environmentalists. When you look at the work that is actually done there is no doubt about the accuracy of that statement.”
Adapted from press release by Sam Dodson
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