Massey Energy Company's Martin County Coal Preparation Plant Reopens

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Massey Energy Company

    RICHMOND, Va., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Massey Energy Company (NYSE:   MEE)
 subsidiary Martin County Coal announced that its preparation plant reopened on
 April 2 after federal and state regulators approved an alternate means of
 refuse disposal.  The preparation plant had been closed since October 11, 2000
 due to an accidental slurry spill from the Big Branch refuse impoundment.
 Martin County Coal mobilized over 500 people and 300 pieces of equipment to
 clean up the spill.
     Production at the Martin County complex accounted for approximately 8% of
 Massey Energy's total coal sales of 40.2 million tons in fiscal 2000.  Martin
 County Coal operates one surface mine, two underground mines and a highwall
 mining operation.
     With this regulatory approval, Martin County Coal will now utilize several
 temporary storage ponds for coal refuse while plans for a more permanent
 solution can be developed.  "This is the first step in working towards a long-
 term solution," said Dennis R. Hatfield, President of Martin County Coal.  "We
 are very pleased to be back up and running, doing what we do best --
 processing coal and shipping it to our customers."
     With fiscal year 2000 revenues of $1.1 billion, Massey Energy Company is
 the fifth largest coal producer in the United States.  Massey Energy is
 headquartered in Richmond, VA.
 
 

SOURCE Massey Energy Company
    RICHMOND, Va., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Massey Energy Company (NYSE:   MEE)
 subsidiary Martin County Coal announced that its preparation plant reopened on
 April 2 after federal and state regulators approved an alternate means of
 refuse disposal.  The preparation plant had been closed since October 11, 2000
 due to an accidental slurry spill from the Big Branch refuse impoundment.
 Martin County Coal mobilized over 500 people and 300 pieces of equipment to
 clean up the spill.
     Production at the Martin County complex accounted for approximately 8% of
 Massey Energy's total coal sales of 40.2 million tons in fiscal 2000.  Martin
 County Coal operates one surface mine, two underground mines and a highwall
 mining operation.
     With this regulatory approval, Martin County Coal will now utilize several
 temporary storage ponds for coal refuse while plans for a more permanent
 solution can be developed.  "This is the first step in working towards a long-
 term solution," said Dennis R. Hatfield, President of Martin County Coal.  "We
 are very pleased to be back up and running, doing what we do best --
 processing coal and shipping it to our customers."
     With fiscal year 2000 revenues of $1.1 billion, Massey Energy Company is
 the fifth largest coal producer in the United States.  Massey Energy is
 headquartered in Richmond, VA.
 
 SOURCE  Massey Energy Company