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From the safety of our employees to the environment and communities in which we work and live, CONSOL Energy’s corporate responsibility efforts are rooted in our core values and woven throughout the fabric of our corporate culture.

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Keeping our land viable.

For over 150 years, CONSOL has acquired thousands of surface acres in support of our E&P and coal operations' continued advancements, but it doesn’t stop there. As our core values of Safety, Compliance and Continuous Improvement guide the way, land management is a priority within our business.

Land Management

CONSOL is an owner of approximately 300,000 acres of surface lands. These assets are multifunctional not only for supporting CONSOL’s operations but also by coordinating with 3rd party entities that request to use our land. This ultimately leads to the most sustainable best use of our land.


CONSOL continuously looks for creative ways to manage our lands and make better use of surface properties before, during, and after energy development or extraction. These management activities include working with various organizations – both public and private – to make better use of our lands through our Disposition Process. Each year CONSOL receives hundreds of requests from third parties requesting to access our property for a variety of uses ranging from easements/right-of-ways to License Agreements. These requests are then coordinated with various business groups within CONSOL to determine the best use of the land. The most common requests received are right-of-ways for pipeline installation. By cooperating with third party entities, CONSOL has granted hundreds of miles of pipeline right-of-ways across our properties. These right-of-ways are often in conjunction and within the same window as our own infrastructure and pipelines, thereby reducing the overall need for disturbance and clearing of additional forested areas and wildlife habitat. Not only does this coordination foster relationships, but it increases the potential for each vacant tract of land.

CONSOL also has a long history of donating surface lands to conservation efforts and state wildlife agencies. In the past 26 years, we have donated in excess of 150,000 acres of land to conservation efforts and state wildlife agencies and will be donating over 1,800 acres in 2016. CONSOL makes lands available for public enjoyment through state co-operative access programs. CONSOL participates in these programs in many states including Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. These programs permit CONSOL to enroll surface lands with wildlife agencies in these states, which permit access to lands for public recreational activities including birding, hiking, fishing, and hunting. CONSOL Energy currently has more than 44,000 acres enrolled in public access programs in various states. This program creates a partnership with wildlife law enforcement officials to improve public hunting opportunities and wildlife habitat on surface lands. The program also provides a variety of benefits including seedlings for tree planting, game stocking, and law enforcement.

Our Performance in 2015  
Total Acres of Land Owned 300,000
Amount of Land Enrolled in Public Access Programs 44,000
Total Acreage Released from Bond 1,449
Total Underground Acres Permitted 126,005
Total Surface Acres Permitted (Gas) 3,442
Total Surface Acres Permitted (Coal) 40,431

In addition, CONSOL’s commitment to environmental stewardship is also demonstrated in the reclamation efforts to restore disturbance created through our operations.

Reclamation Efforts  
Total Number of Trees Planted 570,457
Acres of Grass Seed Planted 3,262
Total Bonds and Letters of Credit (Gas Division)
Total Bonds and Letters of Credit (CONE)
Total Bonds and Letters of Credit (Coal Division)
Total Bond Released In 2015



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