CONSOL Energy Inc. Announces that CONE Midstream Partners LP Has Filed a Registration Statement on Form S-1 for a Midstream Master Limited Partnership

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX) announced that CONSOL Energy and its Marcellus Shale joint venture partner, Noble Energy, Inc., caused a Registration Statement on Form S-1 to be filed today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the initial public offering of common units of a master limited partnership (MLP) to be known as CONE Midstream Partners LP.  CONE Midstream Partners will provide midstream gathering services for production from CONSOL Energy's and Noble Energy's jointly owned acreage in the Marcellus Shale. 

The number of common units to be offered and the price range for the offering have not been determined.  The offering is expected to be completed late in the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter of 2014.   CONE Midstream Partners has applied for a listing of the common units on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CNNX". 

A registration statement relating to the securities of CONE Midstream Partners LP has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective.  

Wells Fargo Securities, BofA Merrill Lynch and Baird will act as book running managers of the offering. The offering of common units will be made only by means of a prospectus. A copy of the preliminary prospectus relating to this offering may be obtained, when available, from:

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Equity Syndicate Department

375 Park Avenue

New York, New York 10152

cmclientsupport@wellsfargo.com

800-326-5897

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated

BofA Merrill Lynch

Prospectus Department

222 Broadway

New York, New York 10038

dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com

Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated

Syndicate Department

777 E. Wisconsin Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53202

syndicate@rwbaird.com

800-792-2473

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

CONSOL Energy is a Pittsburgh-based producer of natural gas and coal. The company is one of the largest independent natural gas exploration, development and production companies, with operations centered in the major shale formations of the Appalachian basin. CONSOL Energy deploys an organic growth strategy focused on rapidly developing its resource base of 5.7 Tcfe of proved natural gas reserves, while the company's premium coal assets are sold to electricity generators and steelmakers, both domestically and internationally.  CONSOL Energy is a member of the Standard & Poor's 500 Equity Index and the Fortune 500.

Cautionary Statements

Various statements in this release, including those that express a belief, expectation or intention, may be considered forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from projected results. Accordingly, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. The forward-looking statements may include projections and estimates concerning the timing and success of specific projects and future production, revenues, income and capital spending. Words such as "believe," "intend," "expect," "may," "should," "anticipate," "could," "estimate," "plan," "predict," "project," or their negatives, or other similar expressions, may be used to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this press release, if any, speak only as of the date of this press release (and there is no obligation to update forward-looking statements should circumstances or estimates or opinions change) and are not statements of historical fact. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and assumptions that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks include, without limitation, that the MLP is not formed and that the initial public offering is not consummated.  Furthermore, the structure, nature, purpose, and proposed assets and liabilities of the MLP may change materially from those described herein. No assurance can be given as to the value of the MLP, the price at which its common units may be offered, or whether a liquid market for those common units will develop or be maintained. In addition, in evaluating strategic alternatives with respect to their jointly owned natural gas midstream assets, CONSOL Energy and Noble Energy will be subject to the risks normally attendant to businesses in the oil and natural gas industry, including, without limitation, the volatility in commodity prices for crude oil and natural gas, the presence or recoverability of estimated reserves, the ability to replace reserves, environmental risks, drilling and operating risks, exploration and development risks, competition, government regulation or other actions.

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