Massey to Idle Underground Production for Safety Meetings

Oct 19, 2010, 12:34 ET from Massey Energy Company

JULIAN, W.Va., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Massey Energy Company (NYSE: MEE) today released the following statement regarding upcoming safety meetings:

Massey Energy will idle production at our 92 underground coal producing sections on October 29 to reinforce the fact that safety is more important than production.

The Company will conduct site specific training at these operations to reinforce the fact the company expects its miners to follow the law.  The operations will also review past violations and emphasize best practices to eliminate future violations.

"Despite considerable training," said Don L. Blankenship, Chairman & CEO, "there have been recent instances in the industry and at Massey where miners were not doing the right thing as they had been trained to do.  The idling of production reinforces our philosophy that safety is first and production is second."

Massey Energy Company, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, with operations in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia, is the largest coal producer in Central Appalachia and is included in the S&P 500 Index.  

SOURCE Massey Energy Company