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Chad Abshire

Staff Writer

CHARLESTON — Four Mingo County mining operations were recently recognized by the coal industry for their safety efforts in 2012 as part of the West Virginia Coal Association’s 40th Annual West Virginia Mining Symposium.

The Mingo County operations receiving safety awards were:

• Rockhouse Creek Development Co., No. 8 Underground Mine;

• CK Coal Corp., Mine No. 5 Underground Mine;

• Phoenix Coal Mac Mining, Inc., Holden No. 22 Surface Mine;

• Consol of Kentucky, Peg Fork Surface Mine.

“Our industry is committed to sending our coal miners home at the end of their shifts,” West Virginia Coal Association President, Bill Raney, said. “Our member companies work hard every day to meet the highest standards of workplace safety and our goal is simple – zero accidents. We believe this is an attainable goal.”

The West Virginia Coal Association’s Mountaineer Guardian Awards are presented each year to mining companies that have demonstrated a commitment to safety standards. Inspectors for the West Virginia Office of Mine Health, Safety and Training nominate companies based on numerous criteria.

Elk Run Coal Company’s Republic Energy operation in Raleigh County earned the top safety award bestowed upon surface mine operations — the Bart B. Lay Milestones in Safety Award. The McElroy Coal Company’s McElroy Mine in Marshall County claimed the top honor for underground mining operations in the state — the Eustace E. Frederick Award.

A total of 38 mining operations across the state were recognized at the event.

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