WESTERN CANADIAN COAL?S DILLON MINE WINS JOHN T. RYAN SAFETY AWARD

M: WTN) (the ?Company?) is pleased to announce that its Dillon mine was recently awarded the 2005 John T. Ryan trophy by the Canadian Institute of Mining at the 2006 CIM Conference in Vancouver. The trophy is awarded to the Canadian coal mine with the lowest accident frequency.

?We are very proud of the safety record at our Dillon mine,? said Gary Livingstone, President and CEO of the Company, ?this award recognizes the focus on safe practices by our mining contractor Pelly Construction and by all Dillon employees.?

WESTERN CANADIAN COAL CORP.

?Gary K. Livingstone?

President and Chief Executive Officer