PITTSBURGH, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CONSOL Energy Inc. (CNX) is pleased to announce a $5,000 donation to the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment. Coach Bob Huggins of the WVU Men's Basketball Team accepted the donation at CONSOL Energy's Robinson Run Camp Run Portal in Mannington, W.Va. during their midnight shift change on February 22, 2013.
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"Each day, we have employees working in our coal operations wearing hard hats decaled with the 'Flying WV.' On behalf of them, and the company-wide Mountaineer fan base, we are extremely grateful that Coach Huggins was able to make this special visit," stated Chuck Shaynak, senior vice president of CONSOL Energy's northern West Virginia operations.
The $5,000 donation was made possible through CONSOL Energy's Working Safely for a Cause Program, an initiative that affords each participating mine within the company the opportunity to choose a philanthropic cause for each quarter worked without injury. Through this program, CONSOL Energy's northern West Virginia mines -- Blacksville No. 2 in Monongalia County and Loveridge and Robinson Run in Marion County – together have raised more than $50,000 for charitable causes in the past year.
"Much camaraderie is created within each shift when employees can band together to work with the goal of safety, and giving back to those in need," commented Shaynak.
The $5,000 donation will go to the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Fund directly contributing to the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Research Center located at West Virginia University Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va.
"Many thanks to the great people at CONSOL Energy's Robinson Run midnight shift for their generous donation to the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment. We had a great time interacting with West Virginia's finest. Thanks again for your support!" commented Huggins.
About CONSOL Energy
CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX) is a Pittsburgh-based producer of coal and natural gas. It has 12 bituminous coal mining complexes in four states and reports proven and probable coal reserves of 4.2 billion tons. The company's premium Appalachian coals are sold worldwide to electricity generators and steelmakers. In natural gas, CONSOL Energy has transformed itself from a pure-play coalbed methane producer to a full-fledged exploration and production company. The company is a leading producer in the Marcellus Shale and is transitioning its active exploration program into development mode in the Utica Shale. CONSOL Energy has proved natural gas reserves of 4.0 trillion cubic feet. Operational safety is the company's top core value and CONSOL Energy boasts a record of almost two times better than the industry average for underground bituminous coal mines. CONSOL Energy is a member of the Standard & Poor's 500 Equity Index and the Fortune 500. Additional information about CONSOL Energy can be found at its Web site: www.consolenergy.com.
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