Today, CONSOL Energy, a Pittsburgh-based producer of natural gas and coal, was awarded certification of its operational practices by the Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD). The certification, independently validated by Bureau Veritas, confirms CONSOL’s compliance with all 15 CSSD performance standards related to environmental stewardship of air and water. These performance standards have been designed to exceed the regulatory minimums established by state and federal regulatory bodies.
The company also released its fourth annual Corporate Responsibility Report, which details execution against Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and outlines activities and new initiatives undertaken during the past year toward the company’s comprehensive corporate responsibility goals.
According to the company’s report, CONSOL completed a record year in terms of environmental compliance and achieved a year-on-year improvement in compliance metrics by 6 percent, while also achieving a 56 percent reduction in violations since reporting began in 2011.
In terms of safety, in the last year, the company achieved continuous improvement in safety performance—the overall recordable incident rate for 2014 was 1.62, down from 1.72 in 2013—a notable accomplishment given that an increase of over 30% was realized in natural gas production during the year.
CONSOL Energy President and Chief Executive Officer Nick DeIuliis commented, “Our core values of safety and environmental compliance are the foundation of our business model and part of our DNA as a company. We constantly strive to push the envelope in terms of innovation, and to go above and beyond the regulatory baseline that governs our operations. This CSSD certification is clear recognition of that commitment, and of our commitment to being a good neighbour and true partner in the communities where we live and work.”
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