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Elk Valley Coal and Its Employees Raise $450,000 for Children’s Hospitals in Alberta and British Columbia

July 10, 2008

CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwire – July 10, 2008) – Boyd Payne, President and CEO of Elk Valley Coal Corporation announced today that the company will be matching dollar for dollar the $225,000 raised by its employees during the month-long Caring for Kids 2008 campaign. “We are extremely proud to match our employee contributions,” said Mr. Payne. “The $450,000 exemplifies our employees’ and the company’s commitment to vibrant, safe and healthy communities.”

Since inception of the program in 1996, more than 1.65 million dollars have been raised. The Caring for Kids campaign is the primary corporate fundraising program of Elk Valley Coal and it focuses on supporting health care for children in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.

The donations made by employees of Elk Valley Coal have made a significant difference towards the development of world-class, family-centered child health programs, the purchase of specialized life-saving equipment and the continuation of advanced pediatric research.

“The amazing generosity of Elk Valley Coal and its employees truly benefits children and their families at the Alberta Children’s Hospital,” says Randy Findlay, Chair of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. He added, “This year, their Caring for Kids campaign focused on O-Arm funding and the Special Children’s Fund. The O-Arm is leading edge technology that aids surgeons to see organs and structures that are hidden from the naked eye, while the Special Fund provides financial assistance to lower income families for out of pocket costs. Elk Valley Coal’s contribution will improve care for thousands of children in our community.”

Donations to the program also benefit the BC Children’s Hospital. Trina Prior, Philanthropy Officer of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation commented, “We are impressed by the generosity of Elk Valley Coal and its employees. Funding of this nature helps us to provide the best care possible to our young patients.”

About Elk Valley Coal

Elk Valley Coal is the largest exporter of high-quality steelmaking coal to the international steel industry in the Northern hemisphere. Elk Valley Coal is owned by a partnership between Fording Canadian Coal Trust (TSX:FDG.UN) (NYSE:FDG) and Teck Cominco Limited (TSX:TCK.A) (TSX:TCK.B) (NYSE:TCK).

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