The Kentucky Department for Natural Resources (DNR) and the Kentucky Coal Association (KCA) jointly presented awards to local companies for exemplary mine safety or outstanding reclamation practices on coal mining operations. Reclamation award recipients’ operations were located in the Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement’s London and Middlesboro regional areas. The Mine Safety Awards were presented to surface and underground mining operations located in the Barbourville and Harlan Districts.
DNR Commissioner Steve Hohmann and KCA President Bill Bissett presented the award for Excellence in Reclamation in the London Regional Area to B & W Coal Resources, Inc. (permit 897 – 0511) for its 511-acre surface coal mining operation located adjacent to KY 80 on the outskirts of Hazard in Perry County. The site is being successfully reclaimed by the company to the post mining land use of commercial/industrial development. Mining and reclamation on this site was conducted in a manner that provided an area that would accommodate construction of the new East Perry Elementary School and allowed the Perry County School System to also build a new football and softball facilities.
The Excellence in Reclamation Award in the Middlesboro Regional Area was presented to Jamieson Construction Company (permit 807 – 0292) for its 338-acre surface mining operation located near the community of Calvin in Bell County. The site has been successfully reclaimed to multiple post mining land uses that included pastureland, forestland, fish and wildlife habitat and industrial/commercial development. The site currently supports a large cattle farm. A road is being built through a portion on the permit that will serve the developing Pine Mountain Industrial Park. The remaining areas of the site have been planted with a mixture of desirable ground cover and Appalachian tree species that will accommodate local wildlife that include the endangered Indiana Bat.
The awards for exceptional mine safety in the Barbourville District went to Rockhampton Energy, LLC for its No. 3 underground mine and the Pine Branch Mining, LLC for its Thunder Ridge Job 0122 surface mining operation. The Rockhampton deep mine operation had an annual production in excess of 66,000 tons, and employs 53 miners working three shifts. They worked a total of 131,147 man hours with only one minor reportable accident. Pine Branch Mining’s Thunder Ridge Job 0122 had an annual production of 269,000 tons and employs 46 miners on two shifts. They had four minor reportable accidents.
The awards for exceptional mine safety in the Harlan District went to Lone Mountain Processing, Inc. for its Cloverfork No. 1 underground mine and Nally & Hamilton, Inc. for its Big Branch surface mining operation. The Cloverfork No. 1 deep mine operation had an annual production in excess of 944,000 tons and employs 101 miners working three shifts. They worked a total of 318,883 man hours with only one reportable accident. The Big Branch surface mine had had an annual production of 417,800 tons and employs 39 miners on two shifts. They had two minor reportable accidents.
The awards event was held at Pine Mountain State Resort Park.