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Patriot Coal reclamation

Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement

In 1997, the DMRE launched an effort to formally recognize the outstanding level of reclamation being achieved by the Kentucky mining industry.

The Commissioner’s Award for Excellence in Reclamation is given each year to companies that have distinguished themselves through their outstanding reclamation in coal mine land reclamation projects.

The winners of the Commissioner’s Award for Excellence in Reclamation for 2011 are Davis Energy, Patriot Coal, Lexington Coal, Sandlick Coal and Premier Elkhorn Coal. The Quick Links on this page will give descriptions of each mine site, including photos.