Environmental Stewardship

We take great pride in where we are from. To us, the Appalachian Basin is more than the place we do business; it has been our home for over 155 years. Our company leadership and workforce are comprised of home-grown talent, and our approach to ESG aligns with CNX’s long-standing presence in the communities across Appalachia. Like many stakeholders throughout the region, our employees are passionate about protecting and preserving the quality of the region’s air and water for future generations.

At CNX, being a good neighbor and environmental steward is core to what we do and is a primary focus throughout all levels of decision-making. The Appalachian basin remains not only the largest, but the most efficient and environmentally friendly source of natural gas. We are committed to continuing to push the envelope—through technology and process improvements—to maintain the basin leadership position within the industry via reduced venting and flaring, vapor recovery systems, improved leak detection, predictive and preventative maintenance of equipment, plugging of older wells, and a host of new and innovative technologies to efficiently produce natural gas at lower risk.

CNX is committed to reducing methane emissions through a variety of initiatives including:

  • Employing comprehensive leak detection and repair (LDAR) and directed inspection and maintenance (DIandM) programs that call for the deployment of state-of-the-art technologies, such as forward-looking infrared (FLIR) imaging to identify and repair leaks.
  • Using exclusively green completions, in which gas produced during flowback operations is captured, rather than being vented to the atmosphere or flared.
  • Improving our environmental management information system (EMIS) by leveraging our existing supervisory-control and data acquisition systems (SCADA) to automate data collection.
  • Installing emissions controls on every tank or storage vessel located at an unconventional well pad with potential of VOC emissions more than six tons per year.
  • Evaluating opportunities for carbon credit generation through methane destruction and reforestation initiatives.
LEGACY ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • CBM pioneer to capture methane emissions
  • Coal mine methane capture and abatement
  • Stacked pays to minimize surface disturbance of shale development
  • Water line infrastructure to avoid trucking
  • Scope 1 & 2 CO2e 90% reduction since 2011
  • Conservative reporting of emissions
  • Divestiture of coal business
TODAY
  • Cleaner electric frac fleets replaced diesel fleets
  • 99% water recycled in core operating area
  • Proprietary technology development
  • Net carbon negative (Scope 1 & 2)
  • Increased rigor/process for ESG and regulatory reporting
LOOKING AHEAD
  • Management comp based on methane intensity
  • Aligning with TCFD framework
  • Zero planned pigging emissions
  • No planned flare on flowback operations
  • Real-time, automated reporting
  • Quarterly emissions score card in 2022