“The lignite users and producers in this region believe the efficient production of a low-cost, reliable energy source cannot be achieved without serious attention to the health and safety of their employees,” said John Dwyer, president, Lignite Energy Council. “Dakota Westmoreland’s Beulah mine has made a commitment to safe operations above and beyond what is required by state and federal regulations. Dakota Westmoreland is truly dedicated to the safety of its employees, and has performed exceptionally to earn this award.”

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.