ST. LOUIS, July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Patriot Coal Corporation, a producer and marketer of coal products in the eastern United States, today announced that the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the "Court") granted Patriot interim approval of its $802 million Debtor-in-Possession financing ("DIP") from Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Barclays Bank PLC, and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated as joint lead arrangers, and granted Patriot interim authorization to access immediately $677 million of the DIP financing. The DIP financing and cash from the Company's ongoing operations will provide Patriot with financial flexibility to operate its business in the ordinary course, including funding post-petition payments to suppliers and meeting other customary business obligations, during the reorganization process. In addition, the Bankruptcy Court granted interim authorization for Patriot to continue to pay wages and provide health care and other benefits to employees, use existing cash management systems, and take certain other actions to help ensure that Patriot's mining operations and customer shipments continue in the ordinary course. As previously announced, Patriot Coal and substantially all of its wholly owned subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on July 9, 2012. The case has been assigned to the Honorable Shelley C. Chapman. Additional information is available on Patriot's website at www.patriotcoal.com or by calling Patriot's Restructuring Hotline, toll-free in the U.S., at 877-600-6531. (For calls originating outside the U.S., please dial 1-336-542-5677.) Also, court filings and other documents related to the reorganization proceedings are available on a separate website administered by Patriot's claims agent, the Garden City Group, at www.PatriotCaseInfo.com.