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LILLY SAYS EXPANDED STRIKE IS A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD

 CHARLESTON, W.Va., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern Associated Coal Corp. President Peter B. Lilly expressed disappointment with the United Mine Workers of America's (UMWA) decision to expand the selective strike and warned that the union is "playing a dangerous game with a double- edged sword."
 "The UMWA-elected officials are trying to damage Eastern Associated but in the process, they may be cutting off future job opportunities for our employees."
 Lilly made his remarks following the UMWA's announcement that Eastern Associated's Tygart River Mine in Marion County, Lightfoot No. 1 and Colony Bay mines as well as the Rocklick plant in Boone County were ordered to join the picket lines.
 "The UMWA talks about job security, but the union's action today again puts union jobs at risk," said Lilly. "Striking these mines hinders our ability to negotiate new sales agreements for their coal and has existing customers already looking for new sources from both non- union and union mines in the area."
 Lilly said that while "significant productivity gains" were made since Eastern Associated acquired Tygart River last year, the facility "is still not competitive with neighboring mines -- many of which are non-union and some of which produce coal that meet the Phase I requirements of the Clean Air Act Amendments.
 "We are trying to find permanent contracts for the mine's relatively high sulfur coal under very difficult market conditions," said Lilly, who added, "the mine will likely close by late 1994 without a permanent sales agreement."
 Colony Bay, the only surface mine managed by Eastern Associated, supplies steam coal to a number of domestic electric utility customers.
 Lightfoot No. 1 produces both steam and metallurgical coal for customers in the U.S. and overseas.
 The Rocklick plant processes coal from nearby contract mines and ships a variety of steam and metallurgical coals to domestic and foreign customers.
 "If future job opportunities are the issue for the UMWA," said Lilly, "I strongly suggest they return to the bargaining table to negotiate a competitive contract. Picket lines are a poor substitute for good faith efforts at the bargaining table."
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 /CONTACT: Patrick Gallagher, 304-340-1710, for Eastern Associated Coal Corp./


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