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ASHLAND COAL INC.: UMWA TURNS TO VIOLENCE ON THE PICKET LINE

 HUNTINGTON, W.V., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashland Coal, Inc. today released the following statement:
 Today the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) turned to a tactic of violence and intimidation on the picket line. Scores of UMWA pickets attacked trucks attempting to deliver supplies to the Dal-Tex Coal Corporation mining complex located in Logan County, West Virginia. Initially pickets blocked truck traffic for nearly two hours at a bridge on Route 17 near Clothier, West Virginia. After West Virginia State Police opened the bridge for traffic, vehicles driven by pickets ahead of the supply vehicles slowed the supply vehicles practically to a standstill. At that point UMWA pickets pelted the supply vehicles with rocks. The vehicles were damaged, several windows were broken out, and a truck occupant was hit by rocks. As the supply trucks approached the mine entrance, several pickets jumped on the lead truck and punctured the radiator. Pickets again blocked the public road, threatened drivers and refused to allow the vehicles onto the road leading to the mine.
 Fortunately there were no serious injuries. It has been reported that a picket was hit by a supply truck. According to available information, the picket was on the highway and intentionally walked into the bumper of one of the supply trucks which was moving not more than five miles per hour.
 "We call upon the UMWA to stop the violence and return to lawful picketing," said David G. Todd, vice president, Ashland Coal, Inc. "There are genuine issues involved in the contract negotiations, but the place to resolve them is at the bargaining table, not with rocks and other forms of violence."
 Dal-Tex Coal Corporation is an independent operating subsidiary of Ashland Coal, Inc. Ashland Coal, Inc. (NYSE: ACI) 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, vice president of Ashland Coal, Inc., 304-526-3755/
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