The awards for exceptional mine safety in the Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement’s Madisonville district went to River View Coal for the River View underground mine and Equality surface mining operation.
At River View, annual production totaled more than 9.34 million tons last year with 643 miners working three shifts. In a total of 1,471,568 man hours, 11 reportable accidents were logged.
At Armstrong’s Equality, 3,909,816 tons were produced last year with 145 miners working three shifts. In all, crews recorded 369,209 man hours with two reportable accidents.
The Excellence in Reclamation for the Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement’s Madisonville regional area was presented to Armstrong’s Centertown 1,218-acre surface operation in Ohio County.
The site under permit 892–0105 is being reclaimed to multiple post-mining land uses including cropland, forestland and pastureland, also providing restoration of old pre-law mining areas with significant off-site environmental impacts because prior reclamation work had not been reclaimed to higher modern standards.
Late last month, the DNR and the KCA presented awards to several other operations including Premier Elkhorn Coal, Blue Diamond Mining, B&W Resources, Eagle Coal and Blackhawk Mining.