Patriot Coal To Temporarily Idle Highland Mine

                Patriot Coal To Temporarily Idle Highland Mine

PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS, May 12, 2014

ST. LOUIS, May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Patriot Coal Corporation (OTC Pink:
PATCA) announced that its Highland Mine complex, located near Henderson,
Kentucky, will be idling all coal production effective today due to a
structural failure that damaged a portion of the Camp Preparation Plant on May
6. The company anticipates that full production at the Highland mine will be
restored by June 30, but limited production may be started earlier when the
preparation plant is repaired sufficiently to resume partial coal processing
operations. At full operation, the Highland Mine complex has over 500
employees and ships approximately 3.8 million tons of coal annually.

About Patriot Coal

Patriot Coal Corporation is a producer and marketer of coal in the eastern
United States, with 10 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. These
statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that may be beyond the
Company's control and may cause actual future results to differ materially
from current expectations. Factors that could affect the Company's results
include, but are not limited to factors detailed from time to time in the
Company's reports and other information posted on its website or included in a
press release. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise
forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after
the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated

SOURCE Patriot Coal Corporation

Contact: Janine Orf, (314) 275-3680,
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