Natural Gas & Coal

Marcellus Shale

CONSOL Energy is among the leading eastern U.S. gas producers and has transformed itself from a pure-play coalbed methane producer to a full-fledged exploration and production company. The company is a leading producer in the Marcellus Shale, has an active exploration program in the Utica Shale and has proved natural gas reserves of 4.0 trillion cubic feet.

The rich black Marcellus and Utica shales are considered by those in the industry as two of the most promising energy exploration developments in history, with the potential to sustain our country's energy needs for decades and reduce our dependency on foreign fuel sources. It is estimated that more than 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas is contained in these stretches of rock that run through parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and West Virginia.

CONSOL's natural gas operations include coalbed methane extraction, conventional and shale gas exploration and production, all of which requires expertise and technology that continues to evolve and advance. From safety to environmental protocols, techniques and equipment, advances in these areas are continuous, improving recovery, enhancing safety, and providing more environmentally protective methods.

CONSOL Energy has already achieved a leadership position in the development and exploration of natural gas for multiple reasons. First, the impressive success we've had in drilling more than 4,000 coalbed methane wells and 9,000 conventional wells has positioned us to maximize production in the Marcellus and Utica acreage for which we currently have the rights. Second, with state-of-the-art exploration and production techniques, we have achieved strong operational efficiencies, while at the same time protecting the environment and the communities we serve. Finally, because much of our Marcellus acreage is located in areas with pipeline-grade gas, it can be directed right to the market without processing.

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