The Center for Sustainable Shale Development said Tuesday it certified Consol Energy’s Appalachian Basin operations as having successfully completed the its rigorous evaluation and verification process. Full CSSD certification confirms conformance with all 15 of the center’s performance standards.
CSSD is a collaborative of environmental organizations and energy companies that encourages responsible practices in development of shale gas resources in the Appalachian region.
“By demonstrating it has met CSSD’s 15 Performance Standards, Consol Energy has shown that in 15 critical areas, its Appalachian Basin operations meet or exceed state and federal air and water management regulatory requirements,” said Susan LeGros, CSSD president and executive director. “Consol Energy is to be commended for making the commitment to meet these standards, and to serve as a model for other companies in the region that it will work to build trust among a diverse, cross-section of stakeholders by operating beyond a compliance mindset.”
An independent audit team visited 30 Consol Energy sites – 20 in Pennsylvania, six in West Virginia and four in Ohio.
LeGros said in a news release all producers operating in the Appalachian Basin region are eligible and encouraged to apply for certification as a way to demonstrate commitment to the highest performance standards.
Like all companies that earn CSSD certification, Consol’s certified operations must continue to adhere to CSSD’s performance standards in the Appalachian Basin, integrating CSSD’s publicly available best practices into its long-term continuous improvement processes. CSSD will monitor adherence and continue to build and expand on its initial 15 Performance Standards. CSSD officially opened its certification process in January 2014.
Certification is valid for 24 months, after which companies can seek renewal.