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EASTERN ASSOCIATED ANNOUNCES PLANS TO SHIP COAL

 CHARLESTON, W.Va., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern Associated Coal Corp. (EACC) will begin shipping coal this week to honor contractual commitments and to help protect jobs at United Mine Workers-represented mining operations.
 "The decision to resume shipping coal is intended to prevent EACC customers from turning to other coal suppliers and to assure those customers that the company will meet its obligations," Peter B. Lilly, EACC president, said in making the announcement.
 EACC plans to ship stockpiled coal starting Thursday, Feb. 18, from its Federal No. 2, Tygart River, Wells and Rocklick facilities.
 "We have not mined, processed or shipped coal since the UMWA's selective strike against EACC started Feb. 2," Lilly said, "in order to give both the Bituminous Coal Operators' Association (BCOA) and the union the opportunity to find a solution that would allow the strike to end and talks on a new agreement to begin.
 "The decision to start shipping coal meets the needs of both EACC employees and the company. Employees should know that we are taking these measures to hold on to existing contracts, so that there will be work for striking employees when they return to work.
 "And, both union and non-union competitors must understand that EACC will take the appropriate measures to remain a force in today's coal market.
 "Unless we fulfill our contractual obligations to our customers, there will be no job security. If we don't fill orders, our competitors will, and that means fewer jobs for our employees," Lilly said.
 EACC operates only UMWA-represented mining facilities in West Virginia, employing 2,300 union members at eight sites.
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 /CONTACT: Terry Whitt of Eastern Associated, 304-340-1710, or 304-340-1786/


CO: Eastern Associated Coal Corp.; United Mine Workers of America ST: West Virginia IN: MNG SU: CON

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