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International Coal Group’s ICG Eastern Subsidiary Wins Top Federal Reclamation Award

2008-07-17 15:05:00

    SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va., July 17 /EMWNews/ -- International

Coal Group, Inc.'s (NYSE: ICO) ICG Eastern, LLC subsidiary has won the

National Award for Excellence in Surface Coal Mining from the U.S.

Department of Interior's Office of Surface Mining (OSM). The award

recognizes the Birch River mining complex, located near Summersville, WV,

for its innovative and environmentally progressive mine reclamation

practices, which exceed both state and federal regulations.

    The National Award for Excellence is ICG Eastern's third major mine

reclamation award in the past 12 months. ICG Eastern previously received

the Greenlands Award (the West Virginia Department of Environmental

Protection's most prestigious reclamation award), and the Kenes C. Bowling

National Mine Reclamation Award from the Interstate Mining Compact

Commission, representing all the coal producing regions of the United


    "The ICG Eastern - Birch River complex has once again demonstrated a

remarkably high standard for environmental stewardship," said Ben Hatfield,

President and CEO of ICG. "The three reclamation awards reflect the

dedication and hard work of the entire Birch River team. As a company, we

are proud of their accomplishments, and we look forward to ICG Eastern's

continued outstanding performance."

    The OSM award will be formerly presented to ICG Eastern at a September

23 ceremony held in conjunction with the MineExpo in Las Vegas.

    ICG is a leading producer of coal in Northern and Central Appalachia

and the Illinois Basin. The Company has 13 active mining complexes, of

which 12 are located in Northern and Central Appalachia, and one in Central

Illinois. ICG's mining operations and reserves are strategically located to

serve utility, metallurgical and industrial customers domestically and


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