Environmental stewardship is at the core of our business philosophy. We produce more surface-mined coal than any other company in Ohio and have an award-winning history of mine reclamation.
We continue to partner with state universities, the U.S. Department of Interior Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Ohio Division of Wildlife and Forestry, and The American Chestnut Foundation to ensure a sterling record for responsible environmental practices.
We are committed to minimizing our environmental impact during the mining process. To minimize this impact, we plan and monitor each phase of our mining projects and perform reclamation activities on a continuous basis as our mining activities progress. As of December 31, 2013, we had $9.6 million in cash deposits supporting $37 million in surety bonds outstanding to secure performance of our reclamation obligations.
Our recent reclamation awards include:
2011 National Award for Excellence in Surface Coal Mining from the U.S. Department of Interior in recognition for (then) Oxford’s exemplary reclamation efforts. We was one of only two companies that received this award, which goes to companies exhibiting the best reclamation practices in the country.
Good Neighbor Award recognizing Oxford (prior to becoming Westmoreland) for working closely with local communities during reclamation efforts. Westmoreland allowed multiple groups to use its Jockey Hollow West site as an outdoor classroom for reforestation research and monitoring and training for coal mine inspectors. Westmoreland was the only coal mining operator to be recognized with this award.
Ohio Coal Reclamation Award in 2010 (The Greening of the Land Award)
Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI) Excellence in Reforestation State Awards at both our Barnesville and Jockey Hollow West operations (2010 and 2011)