About Us

Our History

Powering America since 1864

Since 1864, CONSOL Energy has been the power behind America. Over the years, we have grown our business to include river operations, a gas company and the only export terminal on the east coast serviced by two railroads. Today, we are an industry leader using our experience and innovative vision to create energy for the future.

Watch the films below to see key moments in our history, or find a list of historic moments here.


Beginnings

 

It began in 1864, when several western Maryland coal operators decided to "consolidate" their holdings to form the Consolidation Coal Company but operation of the new company was delayed due to the Civil War. Consolidation Coal Company officially began in 1864; the year most historians believe was the turning point of the Civil War which ended with General Lee's surrender in 1865.

Expansion

 

Throughout its long history, CONSOL Energy grew through expansion of existing operations and by acquiring other coal mining companies and reserves throughout all of the major coal fields in the United States.

The Great Depression

 

Almost forced into receivership by The Great Depression, CONSOL Energy reorganized and restructured its coal operations, emerging from near bankruptcy to end the decade of the 1930s financially solid and secure.

World War II and Post-War

 

Plunged into aiding the war effort as were many U.S. companies, CONSOL Energy responded by supplying vital coal energy for transportation and home heating needs. Many CONSOL employees also responded by serving in the Armed Forces. After the war, a merger formed the Pittsburgh Consolidation Coal Company.

Innovation

 

As markets for coal began to change, CONSOL Energy responded by expanding existing operations and acquiring other coal companies and reserves. It was also during this time that CONSOL turned to coal research and development for innovative ways to improve mine safety, production and utilization.

Longwall

 

With increased competition and volatility in the coal industry, CONSOL Energy again adapted to the changing marketplace for energy worldwide by a strong commitment to longwall mining systems in its larger underground mines. Longwall systems are the safest and most productive method of underground coal mining.

Today

 

CONSOL Energy continues to earn its reputation as one of the world's leading energy companies, providing vital coal and gas resources, and maintaining its position as an innovator and one of the nation's safest and most financially secure coal companies.

 

January 19, 2010

January 19, 2010

Part of a total $206 million capital improvement project at Shoemaker Mine includes 12 miles of 60-inch main conveyor belt underground, and 2.5 miles of a 54-inch overland conveyor belt system that moves coal to the Shoemaker Preparation Plant along the Ohio River, just south of Wheeling, W.Va.

Other capital improvements made to Shoemaker Mine and Prep Plant include an upgraded longwall mining system and upgrades to the river load-out facilities and prep plant.

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April 30, 2010

April 30, 2010

CONSOL Energy acquires the Appalachian exploration and production business of Dominion Resources, Inc. making it the largest and among the fastest growing producers of natural gas in the Appalachian basin. The acquisition gives CONSOL Energy approximately 750,000 Marcellus Shale acres in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, accounting for over 9,000 wells.

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June 1, 2010

June 1, 2010

CONSOL Energy Inc. completes its acquisition of CNX Gas further solidifying the company as a multi-fuel energy producer.

Other capital improvements made to Shoemaker Mine and Prep Plant include an upgraded longwall mining system and upgrades to the river load-out facilities and prep plant.

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March 14, 2011

March 14, 2011

Green Holdings Enlow, Inc., has listed a landmark coal mine methane abatement project with the Climate Action Reserve, the leading carbon offset registry in North America. CONSOL Energy will host the project which will abate ventilation air methane emissions from its Enlow Fork operation in southwestern Pennsylvania.

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