Westmoreland Coal Company (NasdaqGM: WLB) announced today that Dakota Westmoreland Corporation’s Beulah Mine has received the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute Surface Mine Safety Award, small mine category, for the surface mine with the lowest reportable rate of incidents in the eight-member state region. The Beulah Mine had an exceptional safety record in 2010, completing the entire year without any lost-time accidents. As of December 31, 2010, the Beulah Mine had worked 667 days without a lost-time accident and continues to build on that record having worked 845 days without an accident resulting in lost-time. Dakota Westmoreland was honored with this safety achievement at the 107th Annual Meeting & Convention of the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute at The Keystone Resort.
“This is the fourth consecutive year that a Westmoreland mine has been the recipient of the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute’s Safety Award for the safest surface mine,” said Keith E. Alessi, Chief Executive Officer and President of Westmoreland Coal Company. “Safety is a core value of Westmoreland and we are proud of the annual recognition of the dedication of our workforce to strive for perfection in safety.”
The Beulah Mine is a 9,000-acre surface mining complex located 75 miles northwest of Bismarck, North Dakota. 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 3.0 million tons of lignite a year.
Westmoreland Coal Company is the oldest independent coal company in the United States. The company’s coal operations include coal mining in the Powder River Basin in Montana and lignite mining operations in Montana, North Dakota and Texas. Its power operations include ownership of the two-unit ROVA coal-fired power plant in North Carolina. For more information, visit www.westmoreland.com.
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