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ASHLAND COAL: ARSON AND VIOLENCE MAR HOLIDAY PERIOD

 HUNTINGTON, W.Va., July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Arson, violence and obstruction of a public roadway marred the Fourth of July period at two mines belonging to Hobet Mining, Inc. in Boone and Logan counties, W.Va., which have been the targets of a selective strike by the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) since the middle of May, a company spokesman said today.
 On Saturday, July 3, at approximately 3:30 a.m., a security guard employed by the Hobet 21 mine in Boone County discovered a fire burning along a portion of the mine's five-mile-long coal conveyor belt. Members of the Morrisvale Volunteer Fire Department, responding to the call for help, were able to enter the mine complex via a side road without incident to extinguish the blaze. However, a vehicle driven by a deputy sheriff who attempted to enter the mine through its main access road past the picket line received two flat tires from spikes which had been deliberately hammered into the road to impede normal access to the mine, the company said.
 Investigation into the fire, which destroyed about 500 feet of the conveyor belt, revealed that tires and a flammable liquid had been used to ignite the blaze.
 In the second incident, which occurred early on the morning of July 6, mine supervisors at the Hobet 07 mine in Logan County were attacked as they drove along a narrow public road leading to the mine. While attempting to circumvent two trees which had been intentionally cut to block the public roadway, UMWA members hurled large rocks onto the trucks from a hillside above the road and threw a Molotov cocktail, which burned on the roof of one of the trucks, the company said.
 West Virginia State Police and the State Fire Marshal are investigating both incidents.
 "These acts of violence are yet another demonstration that the UMWA is not living up to its obligation of lawful picketing," commented David G. Todd, vice president, Ashland Coal, Inc. (NYSE: ACI). "We again urge the union to desist from acts of destruction and sabotage and return to the bargaining table in an effort to settle this dispute in a peaceful manner."
 Hobet Mining, Inc. is an independent operating subsidiary of Ashland Coal, Inc. Ashland Coal, Inc. is engaged in the mining, processing and sale of low-sulfur coal, and markets its coal principally to electric utilities in the eastern United States and into the export markets.
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 /CONTACT: David G. Todd of Ashland Coal, 304-526-3755/
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CO: Hobet Mining, Inc.; Ashland Coal, Inc.; United Mine Workers of
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