Patriot Coal Receives Commissioner's Reclamation Award From the Kentucky Department for Natural Resources

Sep 08, 2011, 16:05 ET from Patriot Coal Corporation

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Patriot Coal Corporation (NYSE: PCX) today announced that the Kentucky Department for Natural Resources recognized the Patriot Surface Mine at the Bluegrass Complex in Henderson County, Kentucky, for its reclamation efforts.  The Commissioner's Reclamation Award is presented annually to acknowledge exceptional reclamation activities in the state of Kentucky.

"We are very pleased to receive the Commissioner's award for outstanding reclamation.  In this project, we restored the property to forest, crop, and wildlife habitat land uses, the same uses that existed before mining.  Additionally, our reclamation area included wetlands and two permanent ponds, and we are restoring the streams on the property to a condition more conducive to vegetation and wildlife than the original state," noted Patriot Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Charles A. Ebetino, Jr.  "This award attests to our core value of being a good steward of the environment and a good neighbor 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