Patriot Coal Files for Bankruptcy

Patriot Coal, one of the largest coal producers in the United States, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week, with $3.07 billion in debts.

According to Reuters, the bankruptcy will include nearly 100 affiliates and was prompted by consumers’ turning to cheaper electrical producers as natural gas prices are dropping. According to Reuters, “Coal producers’ shares have plummeted as natural gas prices tumbled to the lowest in a decade this year, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed new rules that would make it nearly impossible to build coal-fired power plants.”

“The coal industry is undergoing a major transformation, and Patriot’s existing capital structure prevents it from making the necessary adjustments to achieve long-term success,” Patriot Coal Chairman and Chief Executive Irl Engelhardt said in a statement to Reuters.

Through filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Patriot Coal will remain in control of its finances with oversight from the court and retain control of its assets while working on a settlement for investors.

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