CONSOL Energy's Miller Creek Surface Operations to be Idled

         CONSOL Energy's Miller Creek Surface Operations to be Idled

PR Newswire

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 30, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE:CNX) has
issued notice under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
(WARN) of its intent to idle its Miller Creek surface operations near
Naugatuck, W. Va., resulting in a layoff impacting approximately 145
employees. Operations impacted include the company's Wiley Surface Mine, Wiley
Creek Surface Mine, Minway Surface Mine, Minway Preparation Plant, and Miller
Creek Administration Group, all located in Mingo County, W. Va. The layoffs
will occur during a 14-day period beginning at 12:01 a.m., on December 30,
2012. Employees were officially briefed on the situation today. At this
time underground operations will not be affected.

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To date in 2012, the Miller Creek complex has produced 1.55 million tons of
coal; 83% is produced by surface operations. Annual direct estimated economic
impact of the Miller Creek Complex in Mingo County is $161.6 million.

CONSOL Energy attributed the idling of its Miller Creek operations to a
sequence of permit delays that has prevented the company from securing all of
the necessary environmental permits required to continue mining as identified
in the company's mine plan. The company secured its Article III mining permit
in November 2011 from the state of West Virginia. It has been working
cooperatively with the state Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to
secure the needed environmental permits, namely the Clean Water Act section
404 and section 402 permits, since November 2007. CONSOL Energy received news
on Monday, October 29 that the U.S. EPA released its objection to the
company's 402 permit, however, that permit alone is not sufficient to allow
miners to begin work.

"The decision to idle our Miller Creek surface operations is a difficult one
for several reasons," said Nicholas J. DeIuliis, president of CONSOL Energy.
"The facility has operated without a lost-time accident since 1986, an
exemplary safety record for the mining industry, and it is unfortunate that
they will not be afforded the opportunity to extend that record. The failure
to obtain timely permits despite our efforts in planning and cooperating with
multiple agencies of jurisdiction is frustrating and is having a direct impact
not only on these employees and their families, but on all state residents."

"CONSOL Energy has been working under a Memorandum of Understanding together
with the Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the
West Virginia Departments of Highways and Environmental Protection, and the
Mingo County Redevelopment Authority since 2007 to secure the permits for
development of our Buffalo Mountain mine project on which the King Coal
Highway was planned for post-mine use land," DeIuliis continued. "It was there
we were planning to reassign our workforce once the area in which they were
mining was completed. The combined mine and highway project, in addition to
providing much needed jobs, would have a total statewide economic impact of
$484.7 million dollars."

CONSOL Energy is appreciative of the efforts of the state of West Virginia to
issue all the required permits under their jurisdiction and remains optimistic
that as the company continues to work with federal, state, and local
officials, it will be ultimately successful in securing the approvals
necessary to enable jobs and economic development for the mine and highway
project in Mingo County and the state.

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 4.5 billion tons. The company's
premium Appalachian coals are sold worldwide to electricity generators and
steelmakers. In natural gas, CONSOL has transformed itself from a pure-play
coal bed methane producer to a full-fledged exploration and production
company. The company is a leading producer in the Marcellus Shale, has an
active exploration program in the Utica Shale and has proved natural gas
reserves of 3.5 trillion cubic feet. Operational safety is the company's top
core value and CONSOL boasts a record of almost two times better than the
industry average for underground bituminous coal mines. In 2011, the company
recorded its best safety record since it was founded in 1860. 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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disruption of rail, barge, gathering, processing and transportation facilities
and other systems that deliver our coal and natural gas to market; a loss of
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maintain satisfactory labor relations; coal users switching to other fuels in
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regulations relating to greenhouse gas emissions on the demand for coal and
natural gas; foreign currency fluctuations could adversely affect the
competitiveness of our coal abroad; the risks inherent in coal and natural gas
operations being subject to unexpected disruptions, including geological
conditions, equipment failure, timing of completion of significant
construction or repair of equipment, fires, explosions, accidents and weather
conditions which could impact financial results; decreases in the availability
of, or increases in, the price of commodities or capital equipment used in our
mining and natural gas operations; decreases in the availability of, an
increase in the prices charged by third party contractors or, failure of third
party contractors to provide quality services to us in a timely manner could
impact our profitability; obtaining and renewing governmental permits and
approvals for our coal and natural gas operations; the effects of government
regulation on the discharge into the water or air, and the disposal and
clean-up of, hazardous substances and wastes generated during our coal and
natural gas operations; the effects of stringent federal and state employee
health and safety regulations, including the ability of regulators to shut
down a mine or well; the potential for liabilities arising from environmental
contamination or alleged environmental contamination in connection with our
past or current coal and gas operations; the effects of mine closing,
reclamation, gas well closing and certain other liabilities; uncertainties in
estimating our economically recoverable coal and gas reserves; costs
associated with perfecting title for coal or gas rights on some of our
properties; the outcomes of various legal proceedings, which are more fully
described in our reports filed under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; the
impacts of various asbestos litigation claims; increased exposure to employee
related long-term liabilities; our accruals for obligations for long-term
employee benefits are based upon assumptions which, if inaccurate, could
result in our being required to expend greater amounts than anticipated; due
to our participation in an underfunded multi-employer pension plan, we have
exposure under that plan that extends beyond what our obligation would be with
respect to our employees and in the future we may have to make additional cash
contributions to fund the pension plan or incur withdrawal liability; lump sum
payments made to retiring salaried employees pursuant to our defined benefit
pension plan exceeding total service and interest cost in a plan year;
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acquired businesses and their risks, achieving any anticipated synergies,
integrating the acquisitions and unanticipated changes that could affect
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produce anticipated proceeds including joint venture partners paying
anticipated carry obligations; the terms of our two significant existing gas
joint ventures restrict our flexibility and actions taken by the other party
in our gas joint ventures may impact our financial position; the anti-takeover
effects of our rights plan could prevent a change of control; risks associated
with our debt; replacing our natural gas reserves, which if not replaced, will
cause our gas reserves and gas production to decline; our ability to find
adequate water sources for use in gas drilling, or our ability to dispose of
water used or removed from strata in connection with our gas operations at a
reasonable cost and within applicable environmental rules; our hedging
activities may prevent us from benefiting from price increases and may expose
us to other risks; and other factors discussed in the 2011 Form 10-K under
"Risk Factors," as updated by any subsequent Form 10-Qs, which are on file at
the Securities and Exchange Commission.



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