As of December 31, 2010, the Beulah mine had worked 667 days without a lost-time accident and continues to build on that record having worked 845 days without an accident resulting in lost-time. Dakota Westmoreland was honored with this safety achievement at the 107th Annual Meeting & Convention of the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute.

“Safety is a core value of Westmoreland and we are proud of the annual recognition of the dedication of our workforce to strive for perfection in safety. This is the fourth consecutive year that a Westmoreland mine has been the recipient of the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute’s Safety Award for the safest surface mine,” said Keith E. Alessi, CEO and president, Westmoreland Coal. “Safety is a core value of Westmoreland coal and we are proud of the annual recognition of the dedication of our workforce to strive for perfection in safety.”

The Beulah mine is a 9,000-acre surface mining complex located 75 miles northwest of Bismarck, N.D. Coal from the mine supplies the fuel requirements for the adjacent 427 mw Coyote Generating Station and the two-unit 115 mw Heskett Station, located 74 miles away. The mine produces approximately 3 million tons of lignite a year.