Powering America since 1864
Since 1864, CONSOL Energy has been the power behind America.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
CONSOL Energy Inc. completes its acquisition of CNX Gas further
solidifying the company as a multi-fuel energy producer.
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