Alpha Natural Resources Affiliated Mine Rescue Teams Participate and Win Competition

ABINGDON, Va., July 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR), one of the nation's leading coal suppliers, is pleased to announce the results of a recent Mine Rescue Competition. Mine rescue teams from Alpha affiliates: Kingston Resources, Inc., Rockspring Development, Inc., and Brooks Run Mining, and a Southern West Virginia regional team recently participated in the Friends of Coal festival in Beckley, W.Va.

Teams from several coal companies participated in the event. The team from Kingston Resources, Inc. took top prize.  "We are proud of how dedicated and professional these men are. They take their jobs as mine rescue volunteers very seriously. Their hard work paid off.  All of our mine rescue teams should be proud of the work they do, because they are role models for all of us," said Perry Whitley, director, Mine Emergency Coordinator and Preparedness.

The Kingston team calls itself the "Right Mix." The team consists of Captain-Oscar Hughes, # 1 gas man-Greg Fernett., #2 gas man-Josh Birchfield, map man-Daniel Bragg, tail captain-Ernie Watkins, briefing officer-Jason Stone, and patient-Sean Tichnell.

About Alpha Natural Resources

Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR) is one of America's premier coal suppliers with affiliate coal production capacity of 126 million tons a year.  Alpha is a leading supplier and exporter of metallurgical coal used in the steel-making process and is a major supplier of thermal coal to electric utilities and manufacturing industries across the country.  The company, through its affiliates, employs approximately 14,000 people and operates more than 150 mines and 40 coal preparation facilities in the regions of Northern and Central Appalachia and the Powder River Basin.  More information about Alpha can be found on the company's website at

SOURCE Alpha Natural Resources, Inc.

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