Patriot Coal Provides Update on Discussions with UMWA

            Patriot Coal Provides Update on Discussions with UMWA

PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS, July 2, 2013

ST. LOUIS, July 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Patriot Coal Corporation (OTC: PCXCQ)
today issued the following statement regarding its ongoing discussions with
the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA):

"Patriot Coal Corporation announced that recent talks with the UMWA have
resulted in substantial progress toward a consensual resolution. On July 1,
2013, Patriot exercised the authority granted to it by the Bankruptcy Court to
implement changes to wages, benefits and active employee healthcare, but chose
to implement terms that are significantly improved from those approved by the
court. Patriot and the UMWA are continuing to meet in a diligent effort to
resolve the outstanding differences and reach a consensual agreement.

"In addition, Patriot and the UMWA have reached an agreement through which
retiree healthcare will continue to be provided at current benefit levels
through July and August.

"Negotiations are expected to continue over the coming weeks. The parties are
targeting completion of a final resolution to be presented to UMWA members by
the end of July."

Note: Background of Patriot's restructuring and transformation can be found at
the Company's website,

About Patriot Coal

Patriot Coal Corporation is a producer and marketer of coal in the eastern
United States, with 11 active mining complexes in Appalachia and the Illinois
Basin. Patriot ships to domestic and international electricity generators,
industrial users and metallurgical coal customers, and controls approximately
1.8 billion tons of proven and probable coal reserves.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking as defined in the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve
certain risks and uncertainties that may be beyond our control and may cause
our actual future results to differ materially from our current expectations
both in connection with the Chapter 11 filings Patriot announced on July 9,
2012 and our business and financial prospects. No assurance can be made that
these events will come to fruition. We undertake no obligation (and expressly
disclaim any such obligation) to publicly update or revise any forward-looking
statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or
otherwise. Factors that could affect our results include, but are not limited
to: (i) the ability of Patriot and its subsidiaries to continue as a going
concern, (ii) the ability of Patriot and its subsidiaries to operate within
the restrictions and liquidity limitations of the post-petition credit
facilities authorized by the Bankruptcy Court, (iii) the ability of Patriot
and its subsidiaries to obtain Bankruptcy Court approval with respect to
motions in the Chapter 11 cases, (iv) the ability of Patriot and its
subsidiaries to successfully complete a reorganization under Chapter 11 and
emerge from bankruptcy, which is dependent upon, among other things, the
ability to implement changes to wage and benefit programs and postretirement
benefit obligations consensually or pursuant to Sections 1113 and 1114 of the
Bankruptcy Code, to minimize liabilities upon emergence and to obtain
post-bankruptcy financing, (v) the effects of the bankruptcy filing on Patriot
and its subsidiaries and the interests of various creditors, equity holders
and other constituents, (vi) Bankruptcy Court rulings in the Chapter 11 cases
and the outcome of the cases in general, (vii) the length of time Patriot and
its subsidiaries will operate under the Chapter 11 cases, (viii) risks
associated with third-party motions in the Chapter 11 cases, which may
interfere with the ability of Patriot and its subsidiaries to develop one or
more plans of reorganization and consummate such plans once they are
developed, (ix)the potential adverse effects of the Chapter 11 proceedings on
Patriot's liquidity or results of operations, (x) the ability to execute
Patriot's business and restructuring plans, (xi)increased legal costs related
to Patriot's bankruptcy filing and other litigation, and (xii) the ability of
Patriot and its subsidiaries to maintain contracts that are critical to their
operation, including to obtain and maintain normal terms with their vendors,
customers, landlords and service providers and to retain key executives,
managers and employees. In the event that the risks disclosed in Patriot's
public filings and those discussed above cause results to differ materially
from those expressed in Patriot's forward-looking statements, Patriot's
business, financial condition, results of operations or liquidity, and the
interests of creditors, equity holders and other constituents, could be
materially adversely affected. For additional information concerning factors
that could cause actual results to materially differ from those projected
herein, please refer to Patriot's Form 10-K and Form 10-Q reports.

Michael Freitag/Aaron Palash            Janine Orf
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher      (314) 275-3680
(212) 355-4449

SOURCE Patriot Coal Corporation

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