Western Canadian Coal Receives Amendment to Wolverine Mine Environmental Assessment Certificate

Vancouver, B.C. April 12, 2006 – Western Canadian Coal Corp. (TSX WTN and WTN.DB; AIM: WTN) (the ?Company?) announces that it has received the amendment to its Environmental Assessment (?EA?) Certificate from the Government of British Columbia to allow for a production rate at the Wolverine Mine of 2.4 million tonnes per year (Mtpa) of hard coking coal.

The Wolverine Mine, originally approved at a production rate of 1.6 Mtpa, has a design capacity of 3.0 Mtpa and is currently under construction with start-up in July of this year at a rate of 2.4 Mtpa. Gary Livingstone, President and CEO, stated, ?The EA Certificate approval for the production expansion at Wolverine to 2.4 Mtpa is evidence that the BC Government, as well as First Nations and local and Aboriginal communities, continue to be positive with respect to the Company?s growth in the northeast region. This cooperative approach is allowing the Company to proceed with expansion plans that will benefit all stakeholders.?

Forward-Looking Information: This release may contain forward-looking statements that may involve risks and uncertainties. Such statements relate to the Company?s expectations, intentions, plans and beliefs. As a result, actual future events or results could differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. Readers are referred to the documents filed by the Company on SEDAR. Such risk factors include, but are not limited to changes in commodity prices; strengths of various economies; the effects of competition and pricing pressures; the oversupply of, or lack of demand for, the Company?s products; currency and interest rate fluctuations; various events which could disrupt the Company?s construction schedule or operations; the Company?s ability to obtain additional funding on favorable terms, if at all; and the Company?s ability to anticipate and manage the foregoing factors and risks.

Additionally, statements related to the quantity or magnitude of coal deposits are deemed to be forward-looking statements. The reliability of such information is affected by, among other things, uncertainties involving geology of coal deposits; uncertainties of estimates of their size or composition; uncertainties of projections related to costs of production; the possibilities in delays in mining activities; changes in plans with respect to exploration, development projects or capital expenditures; and various other risks including those related to health, safety and environmental matters.

Western Canadian Coal

?Gary K. Livingstone? President and Chief Executive Officer