Reclamation works: Patriot Coal Receives Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative Award

May 4, 2011, ST. LOUIS, (Coal Geology) – Patriot Coal Corporation (NYSE: PCX) has received the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative award, presented today by the Kentucky Department for Natural Resources during annual Arbor Day events.  The award was presented for the reclamation of a former surface mine in western Ohio County, near the communities of Rockport and Echols.

“In this project, the entire area was reclaimed into fish and wildlife post-mining land use.  Substantial amounts of native and western grasses were incorporated into the re-vegetation plans, and over 200,000 trees and shrubs were planted to establish wildlife food and shelter areas,” stated Patriot Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Charles A. Ebetino, Jr.  “The reclaimed area is used by hunters, fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts, and has also been visited by academic groups to observe and study the success of native grasses, reforestation and the repopulation of wildlife species.  By thoughtfully incorporating grasses and wildlife that are native to this area, we have furthered our Company’s mission to be a good steward of the land in the communities where we operate.”

About Patriot Coal

Patriot Coal Corporation is a leading producer and marketer of coal in the eastern United States, with 14 active mining complexes in Appalachia and the Illinois Basin.  The Company ships to domestic and international electricity generators, industrial users and metallurgical coal customers, and controls approximately 1.9 billion tons of proven and probable coal reserves.  The Company’s common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PCX.

SOURCE Patriot Coal Corporation

CONTACT: Janine Orf of Patriot Coal Corporation, +1-314-275-3680, jorf@patriotcoal.com

Web Site: http://www.patriotcoal.com


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Ankan Basu is a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) with 10+ years of experience in the field of geology, hydrogeology and geochemistry.

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