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- 1 Corporate manipiulation of wikipedia
- 2 Requested move
- 3 Merge proposal
- 4 Lede section
- 5 Converting bulleted timeline to prose, revisions to history section
- 6 Operations and financials
- 7 NPOV concerns with controversies and political involvement sections
- 8 Corporate responsibility
- 9 Proposed Water Division Addition to Divisions and Areas of Business Section
Corporate manipiulation of wikipedia
This page (13:42, 24 May 2006 revision) read suspiciously like a public relations text from CONSOL. In fact, the two paragraphs beginning with "CONSOL Energy Inc." are verbatim cut & paste from http://consolenergy.com -- which ironically isn't even linked to from the article under external links, let alone cited as a source.
I was curious who would add this to wikipedia, so I checked out the reverse DNS of the IP address associated with those changes in the history:
$ host 18.104.22.168 22.214.171.124.in-addr.arpa is an alias for 1.0/126.96.36.199.in-addr.arpa. 1.0/188.8.131.52.in-addr.arpa domain name pointer attila.consolenergy.com.
I'd say this presents some POV issues. Factual info, of course, should be cited, and we need some sources besides CONSOL's website.
Matt Toups 14:46, 11 June 2006 (UTC)
Propose to merge Consolidation Coal Company into this article as this is actually the same company. As this article misses history section, Consolidation Coal Company will make an excellent addition to this. Beagel (talk) 17:36, 17 January 2011 (UTC)
I noticed that some content in the lede section has been directly copied and pasted from the Hoovers company description referenced in the paragraph. There is also some other content that should be updated concerning their headquarter's location and what the company does - as far as I know, Consol is not involved in actual electricity generation. I also believe that Consol no longer operates in the Illinois Basin.
Accordingly, I've drafted a revised version of the lede addressing these issues. As noted on my user page, I have a WP:COI with this article, so I've posted my proposed revisions in the drop box below and will not move forward with any changes before reaching consensus with other editors.
Updated version of lede section
Consol Energy Inc. (kuhn-sol), stylized as CONSOL Energy, is an American energy company with interests in coal and natural gas production headquartered in the suburb of Cecil Township, in the Southpointe complex, just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Consol Energy is the leading producer of high-BTU bituminous coal in the United States and the U.S.'s largest underground coal mining company. As of 2011, Consol had 4.4 billion tons of proven reserves, mainly in northern and central Appalachia and produced nearly 64 million tons of coal in 2010. The company has natural gas reserves totaling 3.7 trillion cu. ft. as of 2011 and employs more than 8,800 people.
- Suggestion- 1)You misspelled CONSOL Energy. You left an "n" out of Energy. 2)In the next sentence you have "at the" as one word. 3)I would put back in the part about the former name being The Consolidation Coal Company. 4)I would probably leave in this part too: "suburb of Cecil Township, in the Southpointe complex" Outside of that I think it looks good. Sabre ball (talk) 16:39, 14 December 2011 (UTC)
- Hey Sabre ball, thanks for your edits and I apologize for the spelling mistakes. I've also reinserted the "suburb of Cecil Township, in the Southpointe complex" language. I'll allow some more time for any other interested editors to weigh in before moving forward with the revisions. Thanks again! CBuiltother (talk) 20:57, 14 December 2011 (UTC)
Converting bulleted timeline to prose, revisions to history section
When the Consolidation Coal Company article was incorporated into this page, the timeline from that article was added as a subsection of the now expanded history section. As noted on the current article, the bullet list format of the timeline does not comply with Wikipedia's style guidelines and I have accordingly drafted an alternative version of the history section in prose that incorporates some of the material covered in the timeline and provides additional substantiation.
As I have a WP:COI with this article, I will refrain from making these revisions before other editors have had a chance to weigh in. Please feel free to offer any thoughts or changes to this draft of the history section that I have included in the dropbox below. Thanks! - CBuiltother (talk) 16:13, 20 December 2011 (UTC)
- Neutral to Approve, I don't see anything wrong with that as long as no facts are being deleted or abridged. I am not the most well versed on "wikistandards" and I wouldn't personally agree with the elimination of bullet points for every instance and article but on this article mho is that non-bullets would serve just as well or better. Hholt01 (talk) 20:37, 4 January 2012 (UTC)
Updated draft of history section
Consolidation Coal Company (1860-1991)
Consol Energy was originally created in 1860 as the Consolidation Coal Company after several small mining companies in Western Maryland decided to combine their operations. The company was formally established in 1864 and headquartered in Cumberland, Maryland for the first 85 years (1864-1945), where the company became the largest bituminous coal company in the eastern United States.
Western Maryland's coal production rose about 1 million short tons in 1865, exceeded 4 million short tons by the turn of the century, and reached an all time high of about 6 million short tons in 1907. A small amount of the coal production in the early 1900s was premium smithing coal (as in blacksmith) that was specially processed and delivered in boxcars to customers throughout the United States and Canada. In 1945, Consolidation Coal Company was merged with Pittsburgh Coal Company and its headquarters were moved to Western Pennsylvania. 
With growing demand for natural gas in the U.S. following World War II, Consolidation Coal Company was acquired by the Continental Oil Company, or Conoco, in 1966. By the mid 1970’s, Consolidation Coal Company operated 56 mines and employed nearly 20,000 miners. In 1981, Conoco along with Consolidation Coal Company was acquired by DuPont, which then sold some of its coal mining interests in Pennsylvania to the German energy company, Rheinbraun A.G.
Consol Energy (1991-Present)
Looking to invest in coal reserves in North America, Rheinbraun A.G offered Dupont stakes in coal mines and $890 million in 1991 to join in an equal part joint venture creating Consol Energy. Despite the cost of coal dropping in the 1990’s, Consol’s long-term contracts and investments in longwall mining techniques allowed the company to remain competitive. In 1998, Dupont sold the large majority of its stake in Consol, leaving it with only a 6 percent share and Rheinbraun A.G with a 94 percent interest. Consol also acquired Rochester & Pittsburgh Coal Company in 1998.
In 1999, Consol underwent a public offering (NYSE: CNX) in order to pay down some of the debt the company had incurred with the majority buy-out from Dupont and the acquisition of Rochester & Pittsburgh Coal Company. Due to uncertainty surrounding demand for coal in the early 2000’s, Consol began to place a greater emphasis on diversification, primarily into natural gas. Consol’s first major natural gas investment was through the acquisition of MCN Energy Group Inc.’s methane reserves in southeastern Virginia for $160 million. In 2001, Consol acquired Conoco Inc.’s coalbed methane gas production assets in southeastern Virginia.
Consol subsidiaries CNX Ventures and CNX Land Resources also began diversification efforts during this time into methane gas and timber and farming. In 2006, Consol spun off its subsidiary CNX Gas as a standalone company, but retained 83 percent of the new company’s shares. On June 28, 2006,Consol Energy entered the S&P 500 replacing Knight-Ridder. In 2007, CNX Gas also began investing heavily in natural gas exploration in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. In 2010, Consol acquired Dominion Resources Inc.’s natural gas production and exploration assets for 3.74 billion dollars, which included nearly 500,000 acres of Marcellus potential, tripling Consol’s position in the Marcellus to approximately 750,000 acres. Consol also acquired all of the remaining publicly-owned shares of CNX Gas for a cash payment of $991 million.
In 2010 Consol was also named by Forbes as one of the “100 Most Trustworthy Companies.” in 2011, Consol entered into two separate joint venture agreements to expedite its natural gas production. The first, an agreement with Noble Energy, Inc. will jointly develop the company’s 663,350 Marcellus Shale acres in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The second joint agreement, with Hess Corporation, will jointly explore and develop Consol’s nearly 200,000 Utica Shale acres in Ohio.
Operations and financials
I thought it would be helpful to provide a more comprehensive synopsis of Consol's divisions and operations and have provided a draft of an expanded version of the operations section in the drop box below. I also felt that as the current financial results section is so short it could be subsumed as a subsection into an expended operations and financials section. However, I do not feel strongly about this merger of sections and if anybody has any other ideas they are certainly welcome.
Proposed operations and financials section
Divisions and areas of business
Consol Energy operates as a producer of multiple energy sources, primarily for electric power generation. The company's largest assets consist of its coal and natural gas divisions, but Consol also maintains support services including Baltimore Marine Terminal, River Division, Research & Development, Land Division, and Fairmont Supply Company.
Consol’s Coal Division operates 12 coal mining complexes in four states in the United States, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and Utah. As of 2011, the company maintained an estimated 4.4 billion tons of proven and probable coal reserves and produced nearly 64 million tons of coal in 2010. The coal produced from these mining operations are sold from offices in Pittsburgh, PA, Philadelphia, PA, and Atlanta, GA. Consol’s coal division received the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining National Award for Excellence in Surface Mining for the company's innovative reclamation practices in 2002, 2003, and 2004.
Consol’s Gas Division deals with natural gas exploration, development and production, producing nearly 128 billion cubic feet of coalbed methane in 2010. With the acquisition of the exploration and production business of Dominion Resources in 2010, the company has access to over 3.7 trillion cubic feet of proved clean-burning natural gas reserves in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, including coalbed methane and shale beds. The company currently has nearly 13,000 net producing wells.
As the owner of more than 430,000 surface acres in the U.S. and Canada, Consol Energy has a Land Division that oversees various projects, including selling reserve land that the company does not develop, land donation and conservation projects. Consol Energy has also been recognized for its reclamation efforts by national and state governments and has worked in partnership with several conservation groups on land reclamation projects.
Consol’s River Division oversees transportation of coal and other products on the Monongahela, Allegheny, Kanawha, and Ohio Rivers with 22 tow and tugboats and over 620 barges. Consol’s Baltimore Marine terminal provides coal transshipment services from rail cars to ocean transport ships.
Consol also maintains the Fairmont Supply Company, dedicated to the sale and distribution of mining services and equipment. Additionally, the company operates the largest privately owned research and development facility in the industry that is devoted exclusively to coal and energy utilization and production.
In 2010, Consol Energy had an annual revenue of $5.236 billion. Customers primarily include electric utilities and steel mills in the U.S., but demand from European utilities has increased during the 2000’s. Consol Energy was ranked number 428 on the Fortune 500 list in 2011.
NPOV concerns with controversies and political involvement sections
While I believe all the material was added in good faith, several of the issues discussed in the current controversies and political involvements sections, in my opinion, violate various WP:NPOV guidelines including WP:WEIGHT as well as WP:ORIGINAL, with the exception of the material dedicated to the Dunkard Creek Fish Kill - an issue clearly involving Consol that has received substantial third party coverage. I also feel that mention of a $2,000 donation by a VP at Consol does not merit discussion in an encyclopedic article.
Accordingly, I have proposed the following draft in the dropbox below that removes material I felt did not comply with WP:WEIGHT, i.e. discussion concerning the book at the bottom of the controversies section, and material that did not comply with WP:ORIGINAL, i.e. the claim that donations to Gov. Corbett were made in exchange for policy decisions. However, I have expanded the amount of content dedicated to the Dunkard Creek Fish Kill and added content concerning more general environmental criticism of coal and natural gas production. Additionally I included material at the end discussing recognition for Consol's reclamation efforts and renamed the controversies section environmental record as the political involvement section also deals with controversies.
I have done my best to adhere to WP:NPOV in this new draft, but as I have a WP:COI with this article and the material is controversial, I'm hoping to receive some feedback and am happy to implement any changes to the draft other editors think would be beneficial before moving forward with any revisions to the article. Thanks! - CBuiltother (talk) 17:46, 23 January 2012 (UTC)
- Good. My only comment is that I'd also add a sentence or two about Consol's ongoing environmental efforts in general alongside of citing those two particular events. Also, I'd add both of these sections under the umbrella section of "Public Affairs" or something similar. --Best, Weatherman1126 (talk) 01:37, 29 January 2012 (UTC)
- Thanks for the feedback Weatherman1126. I subsumed both sections under the heading Corporate responsibility based on what I've seen with other articles, but am happy to change it to Public affairs if you think that is more appropriate. I also added some more general material on the company's environmental efforts. I'll allow some additional time for you or any other interested editors to review before implementing. Thanks again! - CBuiltother (talk) 18:08, 31 January 2012 (UTC)
Proposed environmental record and political involvement sections
In September 2009, several thousand fish were killed in Dunkard Creek, Monongalia County, West Virginia. While state officials attributed the fish kill to a golden algae bloom, an investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency claimed that mining discharges from Consol Energy’s Blacksville No. 2 mine created the conditions for the golden algae bloom. After halting operations at the mine following the fish kill, Consol was allowed to continue mining operations after coming to an agreement with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to submit a proposal for discharge treatment plants by April 15th of 2010. Consol also invested $200 million in a water treatment facility and paid a 5.5 million federal penalty to the U.S. Department of Justice and half to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection in 2011. The company maintains that it was never found liable for the fish kill.
As a producer of coal and natural gas, the environmental impact of coal mining and natural gas drilling has been a subject of controversy for Consol Energy. Despite this, the company has been recognized for its efforts at environmental protection and was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Climate Protection Award in 2002. Additionally, Consol maintains ongoing environmental efforts aimed at restoring and enhancing property managed by the company and has worked with conservation groups including Ducks Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Foundation on habitat restoration efforts.
An ad by the National Rifle Association critical of President Obama that was filmed on Consol’s Blacksville No. 2 coal mine in West Virginia became an issue of political debate in 2009. The National Rifle Association intended to ask miners the question "How do you feel about having your Second Amendment rights taken away if Obama becomes president." Word spread among pro-Obama miners who contacted their union, the United Mine Workers of America, resulting in 440 miners taking the day off to avoid appearing in the ad in a contract-sanctioned protest, halting production at Consol's Blacksville No. 2 coal mine.
Lobbying efforts on the part of Consol have also been an issue of controversy. In the first quarter of 2010, Consol spent $1.02 million dollars in lobbying expenses on issues relating to the coal mining and natural gas industries.
- I've gone ahead and implemented the revisions discussed above. As always I welcome any further feedback or recommended changes to this material. Thanks! - CBuiltother (talk) 20:28, 1 February 2012 (UTC)
Proposed Water Division Addition to Divisions and Areas of Business Section
Hi, first off, I want to disclose that I have a WP:COI. Consol Energy is a client of my employer New Media Strategies. For that reason, I will solely suggest edits to the article but ask that other editors implement the changes once the community has reached WP:Consensus. I have a proposed addition to this section about Consol Energy's newly formed Water Division. The proposed addition is in the dropbox below. I would recommend that it be added to the divisions and areas of business section as the second to last paragraph. I welcome any edits or recommendations. Thanks. Namk48 (talk) 14:39, 12 July 2012 (UTC)
Water Division Addition
Consol’s Water Division is involved in water purification with a focus on treating wastewater produced as a byproduct of hydraulic fracturing. The company operates reverse osmosis water purification plants and has a minority interest in a company the develops solar-powered water purification systems, which as of July 2012[update] was conducting a pilot test at one of Consol’s gas drilling sites.
- I too actually have a WP:COI; thus I limit my edits to trivial non-controversial things like "Update key figures in infobox." Given that, I see nothing wrong with what you've written. Very factual, unbiased. --Sabre ball t c 15:35, 13 July 2012 (UTC)