Department for Natural Resources
Miller Brothers Coal, LLC Receives Award for Mine Reclamation from Department for Natural Resources
Carl E. Campbell, commissioner of the Department for Natural Resources, presented a 2009 Commissioner’s Award of Excellence in Reclamation to Miller Brothers Coal, LLC for outstanding reclamation work on their surface facility (permit No. 864-0190) located in Lawrence and Martin counties on Evans Fork and Nats Creek.
The site is a 591.27 acre surface mine operation that began in 1992. The permit entered phase 1 bond release status in October 2004 and is currently in phase 2 status as of January 2009. The company has reclaimed the site to a post-mining land use as pastureland with wild life enhancement plans near the permit edges. The post-mining land use was agreed to by the coal company and the landowner prior to mining.
The Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement inspector John Roberts from the Prestonsburg Regional Office nominated this site because of the company’s exceptional work and their commitment to the environment. Due to the company’s hard work, the site is well vegetated and local wildlife abound.
In presenting the award to Sam Maggard, Commissioner Carl Campbell expressed his sincere appreciation to Mr. Maggard for his company’s outstanding reclamation work. Campbell added, “This site is a wonderful example of the excellent reclamation that can be accomplished by today’s industry, and their strong commitment to environmental stewardship.