SCOTT DEPOT, W. Va., Aug. 4 (Coal Geology) — International Coal Group, Inc. today announced that its ICG Beckley subsidiary will be honored for outstanding active mine reclamation and community involvement by the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.
The Gold Good Neighbor Award for Excellence in Surface Coal Mining will be presented to ICG Beckley at the National Mining Association Awards dinner on October 18, 2010 in Washington, DC. The award recognizes companies for successfully working with surrounding landowners and the community while completing mining and reclamation projects.
ICG Beckley was honored for its work in the local Eccles, West Virginia, community that went above and beyond what is required by regulators. Among its activities, the mining operation established a Community Advisory Panel to facilitate communications with local residents and community leaders, voluntarily reclaimed an unsightly coal refuse site abandoned by a prior operator decades ago, constructed and paved new roads and bridges, improved a local memorial cemetery, installed drainage control measures and pump systems to control rain runoff, completed noise reduction projects, donated bleachers for a community little league baseball field, and supported a local food pantry.
“The Gold Good Neighbor Award is a remarkable accomplishment that recognizes the dedication and commitment of our ICG Beckley employees to working with the local Eccles community and to being a good neighbor during the construction and operation of the Beckley mine, all while maintaining the highest standards of mining reclamation,” said Ben Hatfield, ICG’s President and CEO.
The Gold Good Neighbor Award is the second prestigious award received by ICG Beckley in 2010. Earlier this year, the operation earned the coveted Greenlands Award for overall outstanding environmental stewardship in 2009 by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. ICG Beckley employs 289 people at its Eccles, West Virginia-based underground mine and preparation facilities.
ICG is a leading producer of coal in Northern and Central Appalachia and the Illinois Basin. The Company has 13 active mining complexes, of which 12 are located in Northern and Central Appalachia and one in Central Illinois. ICG’s mining operations and reserves are strategically located to serve utility, metallurgical and industrial customers domestically and internationally.
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