The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

May 1, 2013

Fayette mining operation earns 2012 safety award

CHARLESTON — Revelation Energy’s S7 Surface Mine in Fayette County has been recognized by the coal industry for its safety efforts in 2012. A total of 38 West Virginia mining operations across the state were recognized during the Mountaineer Guardian Awards Luncheon as part of the West Virginia Coal Association’s 40th Annual West Virginia Mining Symposium, held in Charleston in March.

“Our industry is committed to sending our coal miners home at the end of their shifts,” said West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney.

“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.”

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.

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 & Training nominate companies based on numerous criteria.

For more information, contact Chris Hamilton at 304-342-4153.