Patriot Coal Teams Excel in Southern West Virginia Mine Rescue Contest

Sep 15, 2011, 06:00 ET from Patriot Coal Corporation

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Patriot Coal Corporation (NYSE: PCX) today announced that its five mine rescue teams turned in outstanding results at the Southern West Virginia Mine Rescue Contest held recently in Beckley, West Virginia, including first place awards in eight of the nine events.  The competition included mine rescue, first aid, and pre-shift events.  Patriot's Federal #2 team won the Grand Champion award, while the Company's Southern Appalachia team won third place in this event.  In total, Patriot's teams won 70 percent of the awards given at the competition.

"We are very pleased with these results, particularly as we lead up to the National Mine Rescue Championships to be held next month.  Considering there were nearly 50 mine rescue teams from nine states that participated in this event, our teams achieved excellent results," noted Patriot President & Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Whiting.  "Maintaining top-tier mine rescue teams is a key component of our comprehensive safety program.  I congratulate all five of our mine rescue teams on their winning performances, and I thank our team members for their ongoing efforts to promote a safe workplace."

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