Massey Energy’s Don Blankenship Agrees With President Obama’s Energy Department Analysis Showing ‘The Future Is Coal’

December 23, 2009

JULIAN, W.Va., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ — Massey Energy Chairman and CEO Don Blankenship today commented on the release of new projections by the U.S. Department of Energy that fossil fuels will continue to supply the vast majority of America’s energy needs for the next 25 years.

“This study confirms that there will always be a market for abundant, affordable electric power generated by coal,” Mr. Blankenship said. “We need to keep politicians from meddling in the energy market with cap-and-trade proposals and regulatory schemes. We should encourage American businesses to create jobs and build prosperity by using coal.”

The U.S. Energy Information Agency, the independent statistical research agency of the U.S. Department of Energy, earlier this week released the Annual Energy Outlook 2010 Early Release with Projections to 2035. An analysis of the DOE report conducted by the Institute for Energy Research found that fossil fuels are expected to supply 78 percent of our energy needs in 2035, compared to 84 percent today. By 2035, the DOE predicts coal demand to be up by 12 percent, demand for liquid fuels and other petroleum up by approximately 10 percent, and natural gas demand up by almost 7 percent, all from 2008 levels.

“Today’s announcement only validates the well-known fact that fossil fuels will continue to power America for decades to come,” said Mary J. Hutzler, former EIA deputy administrator and a distinguished senior fellow at the Institute for Energy Research. “Fossil fuels remain dominant and necessary for economic growth and this analysis reinforces that,” Hutzler said.

Massey Energy Company, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, with operations in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia, is the largest coal producer in Central Appalachia and is included in the S&P 500 Index.

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Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in press releases and Massey’s public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Massey’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, which was filed on March 2, 2009, and subsequently filed interim reports. Massey’s filings are available either publicly, on the Investor Relations page of Massey’s website, www.masseyenergyco.com, or upon request from Massey’s Investor Relations Department: (866) 814-6512 (toll free). For further information, please visit Massey’s website at www.masseyenergyco.com.

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