SYCAMORE – Consol Energy Inc. dedicated its new mammoth coal mine on Tuesday, christening the 5-year-old project with a new name, in honor of its executive chairman J. Brett Harvey.
During ceremonies at the mine’s Patterson Creek Portal, company officials also celebrated 150 years in the energy business with a luncheon for mine employees as well as state and local officials.
Until Tuesday, Consol had designated the new mine as the BMX Mine, which opened in March. It combines the operations of the Bailey and Enlow Fork mines and is the largest underground mine in North America.
Consol Chief Executive Officer Nick DeIuliis, said Harvey, who became Consol’s CEO in the late 1990s and served in that capacity until May when he was named executive chairman of the board, deserved to have his name at the portal now known as the Harvey Mine, because he oversaw the planning and development of the $700 million project, which began in 2009.
But it was another CEO, Andy Masich of the Sen. John Heinz History Center, presented a historical perspective on Consol’s 150 years in business, noting that the energy company began in 1864
DeIuliis, who noted that it was Harvey’s vision and strong leadership over the course of the past 16 years have positioned Consol for the next 150 years.