Keeping our land viable.
For over 150 years, CONSOL has acquired thousands of surface acres in support of our 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.
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.
CONSOL 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.
Minimizing Our Impact
In accordance with CONSOL Energy’s Environmental Policy, our project teams have made a concerted effort to develop land resources in a manner that facilitates safe construction, ensures permit compliance, minimizes environmental impact, and promotes post operational land use.
In line with this approach, we’ve established a biodiversity policy focused on habitat protection, avoidance, restoration, and compensation. We understand that proper management of biodiversity is important to ensure the continued availability of suitable habitats for species survival and use as a natural resource for humanity within our operating regions. All field employees and contractors participate in an annual training module focused on this policy and identification of habitat and sensitive species, as well as decontamination practices to prevent dispersion of invasive species. We consider protection of biodiversity throughout all phases of operation, from project concept to site restoration. In accordance with local and federal environmental regulations, our permitting, operations, and HSE teams work together to evaluate potential impacts to species and habitats during project planning. When our projects are located in proximity to protected species or habitats, we work to identify and delineate exclusion zones and time frames for work. Where impacts are unavoidable, we develop enhanced mitigation strategies subject to regulatory agency approval.