At Massey, we take our responsibility to the environment very seriously. We reclaim our land as we mine it to ensure the land is returned to a productive state. We continually invest millions of dollars in new technologies and equipment to protect and preserve our land, air, and water.
Each year, Massey plants more than 1,000,000 new trees. At our reclaimed mine sites, we’ve partnered with teams from West Virginia University and the American Chestnut Foundation to return the American Chestnut to the Appalachian region.
Our Environmental Assurance Group, comprised of Massey’s top environmental leaders, meets each month to review the Company’s environmental performance. The group is instrumental in Massey’s innovative environmental efforts aimed at improving our total environment.
Massey has reclaimed more acres in West Virginia than any other coal company. We’re proud that our environmental efforts have been recognized by leading professional organizations and regulatory agencies.
Our subsidiaries have received numerous awards for outstanding achievements in the areas of mine reclamation. In September 2008, Massey’s Superior Surface Mine in Logan County, West Virginia was presented with one of four national awards for excellence in surface mine reclamation. The awards, given by the United States Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, recognize the “highest achievements in innovative techniques, reforestation, preparing mined land for long term agricultural use and building enduring community infrastructure.”
As Central Appalachia’s largest coal mining company and one of the coal industry’s most innovative leaders, we recognize our role as stewards of the environment. Every Massey member is committed to improving our total environment for future generations to enjoy.