In May 2013, Texas Westmoreland’s Jewett Mine was recognized by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Railroad Commission of Texas – Surface Mining and Reclamation Division and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality with a trio of awards for its dedication to environmental excellence.
First, Texas Westmoreland accepted one of five statewide Lone Star Land Steward Awards from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for best conservation practices and awareness of maintaining and enhancing ecosystems. The award recognized the work performed by Westmoreland and its consultants in developing revisions to the agency’s Quail and Grassland Bird Land Use reclamation guidelines and for being a leader in the mining industry in developing improved reclamation practices for upland game birds.
Second, the Railroad Commission of Texas – Surface Mining and Reclamation Division awarded its 2013 Reclamation Award to Texas Westmoreland for its Advanced Reforestation Practices citing Westmoreland’s ability to establish more natural-looking woody species habitats.
Lastly, Texas Westmoreland was awarded the Texas Environmental Excellence Award in the Innovative Operations/Management category by the Texas Commission on Environmental Equality for its thorough land restoration process.
Texas Westmoreland Coal Company received the 2012 Railroad Commission of Texas Coal Mining Reclamation Award for the “Jewett Mine Stream Restoration Initiative.”This Initiative incorporates all phases of the mining process so that reclamation is a key part of coal production. The reclamation plan as part of the overall plan is digitally transmitted to the equipment in the field performing the work to insure accurate reconstruction of the reclamation area.
Texas Westmoreland Coal Company’s Jewett Mine also recently received the 2011 Railroad Commission of Texas Coal Mining Reclamation Award for its “Wilkerson Springs Creek Relocation.” Wilkerson Springs Creek is an intermittent creek that passes generally from east to west through the F mine area. The Jewett Mine used a geomorphic natural stream design technique resulting in a more natural looking creek channel that meanders and has features such as pools and riffles that more closely resemble a natural stream channel. The Railroad Commission congratulated the Jewett Mine on its achievement and recognized Texas Westmoreland Coal Company for its innovative efforts in achieving outstanding reclamation.
Reclamation at Western Energy Company’s Rosebud mine has been nationally recognized by the Office of Surface Mining eight times since 1991. In 2011, our Rosebud Mine received the Directors Award from the Office of Surface Mining and Enforcement (“OSM”) of the U.S. Department of the Interior (“DOI”) for exemplary use of geomorphic reclamation techniques in pit reclamation engineering design. The use of geomorphic techniques in final pit designs began in cooperation with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality in the early 1990’s and were further expanded and refined with designs developed in 1996 and 1997. Most recently they were used in the reclamation of final pits in 2010. These designs preserve and blended native topographic features that include several steep slopes, sandstone cliffs and rock outcrops.
These designs have been documented to restore topographic diversity and native vegetation types that would be lost using the standard reclamation techniques being used in the early 1990s.
Dakota Westmoreland Corporation
|2009||North Dakota Public Service Commission - North Dakota Award for Excellence in Surface Coal Mining & Reclamation|
Texas Westmoreland Coal Co.
|Texas Parks and Wildlife Department|
|2013||Lone Star Land Steward Award - Jewett Mine Stream Restoration Initiative|
|Railroad Commission of Texas|
|2013||Reclamation Award - Advanced Reforestation Practices|
|2012||Reclamation Award - Jewett Mine Stream Restoration Initiative|
|2011||Reclamation Award - Wilkersons Springs Creek Relocation|
|2009||Reclamation Award - Bobwhite Quail Release Project|
|Texas Commission on Environmental Quality|
|2013||Texas Environmental Excellence Award - Jewett Mine Stream Restoration Initiative|
|Texas Mining and Reclamation Association|
|2012||Award of Excellence - Jewett Mine Stream Restoration Initiative|
|2011||Award of Excellence - Wilkerson Springs Creek Relocation|
|2005||Award of Excellence - Area D Special Grid Reclamation Projects|
|2004||Award of Excellence - Varnell Cemetery Relocation|
|2003||Award of Excellence - BWE: A Story of Adaptation, Modification and Innovation|
|2002||Award of Excellence - Pushing the Limits - Augering the Final Highwall|
|2002||Award of Excellence - Sharing Our Past With Our Future Projects|
|2001||Award of Excellence - Surface Mining and Reclamation of Abandoned Projects|
|Interstate Mining Compact Commission|
|2009||Texas Nominee National Honorable Mention - Bobwhite Quail Release Project|
Western Energy Company
|Montana Recreation and Parks Association|
|2002||Citation of Merit|
|U.S. Department of the Interior (OSM) -
“Excellence in Surface Coal Mining & Reclamation Award”
|2006||Good Neighbor Award|
|2005||Area A Final Reclamation Design|
|1999||Sharp-tailed Grouse Dancing Ground|
|1998||Eagle Rock Mining - Area C|
|1997||Hall of Fame - Rangeland Reclamation - 1991|
|1997||Finalist - Eagle Rock Mining - Area C|
|1997||Finalist - Mixed Shrub Reclamation|
|1993||Salvaging Petroglyph in Tact|
|U.S. Department of Energy|
|1987||Award for Energy Innovation|
|National Institute for Urban Wildlife|
|1987||Outstanding Conservation Award|
|1985-1989||The Nature Conservancy, Montana Centennial Project - Certification of Appreciation - Conservation of Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse|
|1987||National Institute for Urban Wildlife - Urban Wildlife Sanctuary|