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Massey Operations Honored with Prestigious Safety Awards

JULIAN, W.Va., May 28, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Massey Energy Company (NYSE: MEE) today announced that nine of its operations have been honored for their exemplary commitment to safety excellence based on their outstanding safety records during 2009.

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The Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association presented awards to:

Alex Energy - No. 1 Mine, North Surface Mine

Aracoma Coal Company - Hernshaw Mine

Black Castle Surface Mine

Homer III (Inman) Processing Plant

The Holmes Safety Association, a non-profit organization founded in 1918, annually recognizes outstanding safety performance in the mining industry. The association's members include representatives from state and federal government agencies, mining organizations and labor unions.

In addition to earning the Holmes Safety Association's awards, five of its operations earned the prestigious MSHA District 4 Pacesetter Award for safety:

Elk Run Coal Company - Chess Processing

Elk Run Coal Company - Roundbottom Mine

Marfork Coal Company - Allen Powellton Mine

Road Fork Development - # 51 Mine, Guyandotte

Spartan Mining Company - Delbarton Plant

All of the awards were presented at the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association's annual meeting in Roanoke, West Virginia on May 21-22.

"We congratulate all the members at these Massey operations on being recognized for their commitment to working safely," said Don Blankenship, Massey's Chairman and CEO. "All of these awards are well deserved recognition of how our members are committed to working safely and that Massey's safety culture is effective throughout the organization."

Massey Energy Company, headquartered in Richmond, Va., with operations in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia, is the fourth largest coal company in the United States based on produced coal revenue and is included in the S&P 500 Index.

SOURCE Massey Energy Company

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