Western Canadian Coal Announces Shareholder Approval of the Falls Mountain Acquisition and Amending the Conversion Rate


    VANCOUVER, March 31 /CNW/ - Western Canadian Coal Corp (TSX: WTN and
WTN.DB and AIM: WTN) (the "Company") announces shareholders have approved at
today's special meeting of shareholders the Company's acquisition of Falls
Mountain Coal Inc. and the amending of the conversion rate in the related
party loan made to the Company by it's largest shareholder, Cambrian Mining
    Upon receipt of the approval the Company has indicated that work will
commence immediately in restarting production at Falls Mountain's Willow Creek
mine. This will allow the Company to commence producing low-volatile PCI coal
at a run rate of 60,000 tonnes per month from the Willow Creek mine as early
as September 2008 and open the opportunity to increase the Company's Brule
mine to operate at 2.0 million tonnes per year of low-volatile PCI coal from
its current operating rate of 1.3 million tonnes per year.
    "The acquisition of Falls Mountain is the next significant step in the
growth of Western Canadian Coal," states Mr. John W. Hogg, President and CEO.
"With record coal prices expected in the upcoming coal year and higher coal
prices expected in the next few years, the access to over 13 million tonnes of
high quality metallurgical coal provides a tremendous opportunity for the
    The Company expects the Falls Mountain acquisition to close in April

    About Western Canadian Coal

    Western Canadian Coal Corp. produces 3.1 million tonnes of high quality
metallurgical coal from two mines located in the northeast of British
Columbia. The Company also has interests in various coal properties in
northern and southern British Columbia and a 50% interest in the Belcourt
Saxon Limited Partnership, which was formed to explore and develop the
Belcourt and Saxon group of properties in northern BC. Currently, these
properties provide the Company with an estimated 25 years of coal reserves at
current production levels.

    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 favourable 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.

For further information:

For further information: David Jan, Manager, Investor Relations &
Corporate Development, Phone: (604) 608-2692, Email: djan@westerncoal.com

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