•    Big Laurel Mining Corp.’s Mine No. 2 received top honors for a large underground mine working approximately 174,000 hours without a lost time accident;
•    Paramont Coal Co. Virginia, LLC’s Deep Mine No. 35 was recognized as a large underground mine working approximately 144,700 hours without a lost time accident;
•    Dickenson-Russell Coal Co., LLC’s Roaring Fork No. 4 was recognized as a small underground mine working approximately 80,500 hours without a lost time accident;
•    Bluff Spur Coal Corp.’s Mine No. 1 was recognized as a large underground mine working approximately 137,000 hours without a lost time accident;
•    Paramont Coal Co. Virginia, LLC’s Lovers Gap/Butcher Knife Surface Mine was recognized as a small surface mine working nearly 40,600 hours without a lost time accident;
•    Paramont Coal Co. Virginia, LLC’s 88 Strip was recognized as a large surface mine working more than 153,200 hours without a lost time accident; and
•    Paramont Coal Co. Virginia, LLC’s Red Onion Surface Mine was recognized as a large surface mine working nearly 126,000 Hours without a lost time accident.
“We are proud of the continued commitment to safety shown at all of our operations. These awards help validate all of the hard work our miners do every day,” said Allen Dupree, Alpha’s business unit president for Virginia operations. The 2011 Virginia Coal Mine Safety Awards were presented at each of the mine sites during the week of July 16-22.