Five CONSOL Energy Operations Earn Holmes Safety Awards

Mar 29, 2011, 15:50 ET from CONSOL Energy Inc.

PITTSBURGH, March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CONSOL Energy (NYSE: CNX) announced that five of its mining operations in West Virginia have been named recipients of Joseph A. Holmes Safety Awards. The awards are presented annually by the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association to selected mine operations meeting the safety criteria established for the awards.

The awards recognize each operation and its employees for their commitment to and record of safety excellence.

CONSOL Energy's Fola Surface Mine and its Peach Orchard Preparation Plant, both located in Bickmore, W. Va.; its Peg Fork Surface Mine, located in Naugatuck, W. Va.; its Shoemaker Mine located in Marshall County, W.Va.; and its Blacksville #2 mine located in Wana, W. Va., have each been named recipients of the awards based on their 2010 safety records.

"We are very proud of our mining operations and their employees for having achieved these safety awards," said CONSOL Energy President Nicholas J. DeIuliis. "Our top value at CONSOL Energy is safety and simply put, there is nothing more important than safety. The employees we have at the five operations that earned the awards are to be commended for the personal commitment they each bring to safety every day. It is that commitment to and focus on safety which is recognized through these awards."

The Holmes Safety Association was founded in 1916 and recognizes mining operations on an annual basis for their safety excellence. The association's members include representatives from state and federal government agencies, mining organizations and labor unions.

The awards will be presented at the West Virginia State Council of the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association's 28th annual meeting May 21 in Roanoke, W. Va.

Four of the CONSOL Energy operations chosen for the Holmes awards – Fola, Peach Orchard, Peg Fork and Blacksville #2 -- were also recently recognized for their outstanding safety achievements, earning Mountaineer Guardian Awards from the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training and the West Virginia Coal Association. The Shoemaker Mine won the prestigious Eustace B. Frederick Milestones of Safety Award.

CONSOL Energy Inc., the leading diversified fuel producer in the Appalachian Basin, is a member of the Standard & Poor's 500 Equity Index and the Fortune 500. It has 11 bituminous coal mining complexes in five states and reports proven and probable coal reserves of 4.5 billion tons. It is also the leading Appalachian gas producer, with proved reserves of over 2.9 trillion cubic feet. Additional information about CONSOL Energy can be found at its Web site: