Pioneer Mines comprising the Paynter Branch Mine in Wyoming County, West Virginia and the Pax mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia are mined by Pioneer Fuel Corporation, a subsidiary of Foundation Coal. Together they produced 1.5 million tonnes in 2008.
On February 23, 2010 it was announced that Pioneer Fuels' Horse Creek Surface Mine spilled into the Clear Fork River in West Virginia. On February 25 the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection issued a notice of violation for the spill, which took place in Raleigh County. The Department issued a similar violation in 2007 for a spill by the company.
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- Foundation Coal Holdings, "2008 Annual Report", Foundation Coal, page 11.
- http://www.register-herald.com/local/x1765867173/DEP-issues-notice-of-violation-for-surface-mine "DEP issues notice of violation for surface mine"], RegisterHerald.com February 25, 2010.
- http://climategroundzero.net/2010/02/black-water-spill-pollutes-thirteen-miles-of-the-clear-fork/ "Black Water Spill Pollutes Thirteen Miles of the Clear Fork"], RegisterHerald.com February 23, 2010.
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