Westmoreland Announces Sentinels of Safety Award for Exemplary Safety Performance

Westmoreland Coal Company (NasdaqGM:WLB) today announced that its Western Energy Company subsidiary was awarded the Sentinels of Safety Award by the National Mining Association. The Sentinels of Safety is the most distinguished safety award in the United States mining industry and is awarded on an annual basis to mining facilities based on size and mining method. Western Energy Company was recognized in the large surface coal category for its performance throughout 2011 without a single lost-time accident.

“This award is a testament to the commitment and dedication of all of the employees at the Rosebud Mine to our core value of safety. It is an honour to receive this prestigious award,” said Robert P. King, President and Chief Operating Officer.

About Westmoreland Coal Company

Westmoreland Coal Company is the oldest independent coal company in the United States. The Company’s coal operations include coal mining in the Powder River Basin in Montana, sub-bituminous mining in Wyoming, and lignite mining operations in Montana, North Dakota and Texas. Its power operations include ownership of the two-unit ROVA coal-fired power plant in North Carolina. For more information, visit www.westmoreland.com.

Contacts:

Westmoreland Coal Company
Kevin Paprzycki, 855-922-6463
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