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WVCA Bestows Mountaineer Guardian Awards

At its annual mining symposium, the West Virginia Coal Association (WVCA) held a luncheon at the Charleston Civic Center to honor the safest mines in the state with Mountaineer Guardian safety awards.

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Spring Creek Achieves Safety Milestone

Cloud Peak Energy officials have announced that employees at their Spring Creek mine in southeastern Montana operated more than 1 million work-hours consecutively without a reported injury. According to company representatives, the milestone was reached at the exact end of October following 500 days without a single injury reportable to Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) regulators.

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Oxford Expects Additional Sales

After navigating a challenging third quarter, Oxford Resource Partners expected to close the year by locking up additional sales of high-sulfur thermal coal from its northern Appalachian surface mines in anticipation of a better year in 2014. But, like most other U.S. coal producers, some things are beyond Oxford’s control.

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West Elk Exceeds 2 Million Hours without Lost-time Safety Incident

Arch Coal announced that its West Elk mine employees surpassed 2 million hours worked without a lost-time safety incident on September 24. The safety record was achieved over 29 months.

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NMA Hands Out Sentinels of Safety Awards

Numerous mining operations were recognized for outstanding safety records in 2012 by the National Mining Association at its annual Sentinels of Safety awards ceremony. The awards are given annually to the nation’s safest mining operations with a minimum of 4,000 injury-free hours. This year, six coal and 14 metal and nonmetal mining operations were recognized.

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