The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) said on Tuesday that it has certified CONSOL Energy's Appalachian Basin operations as having completed CSSD's evaluation and verification process.
CSSD is a consortium of environmental groups and energy companies dedicated to responsible development of shale gas resources throughout Appalachia.
Attaining CSSD certification requires companies to meet performance standards in 15 critical areas, CSSD President and Executive Director Susan LeGros said. "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…to build trust among a diverse cross-section of stakeholders by operating beyond a compliance mindset."
Commending the achievement and encouraging the area's shale-gas industry to demonstrate its commitment to high standards, LeGros also said that any Appalachian Basin producers can apply for certification. CSSD began its certification process in January 2014.
Auditor Bureau Veritas, which specializes in testing, inspection and certification, oversees CONSOL’s evaluation and verification process. Certification is valid for 24 months, and companies can seek renewals. At least one audit is performed during the two-year period to ensure consistent conformity with industry standards.
CSSD functions as an independent entity to promote performance compliance and perform third-party certification with the purpose of advancing responsible shale development and scientific awareness in the Appalachian region.
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