Arch Coal, Inc. (Form: 8-K)  






Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported):   November 14, 2005

Arch Coal, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware 1-13105 43-0921172
(State or other jurisdiction
(I.R.S. Employer
of incorporation) File Number) Identification No.)
One CityPlace Drive, Suite 300, St. Louis, Missouri   63141
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:   (314) 994-2725

Not Applicable
Former name or former address, if changed since last report


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Item 8.01 Other Events.

On November 14, 2005, Arch Coal, Inc. announced an update on the status of its West Elk mine. A copy of Arch Coal, Inc.’s press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.

The following Exhibit is filed with this Current Report on Form 8-K:

Exhibit No. Description
99 Press Release dated November 14, 2005

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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

    Arch Coal, Inc.
November 14, 2005   By:   /s/ Robert G. Jones
        Name: Robert G. Jones
        Title: Vice President - Law, General Counsel & Secretary

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Exhibit Index

Exhibit No.   Description

  Press Release dated November 14, 2005