Center Formed to Provide to Shale Gas Producers Independent Certification of Performance Standards

 Center Formed to Provide to Shale Gas Producers Independent Certification of
                            Performance Standards

Organization's Participants Include Environmental Organizations, Philanthropic
Foundations, and Energy Companies

PR Newswire

PITTSBURGH, March 20, 2013

PITTSBURGH, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --A group of leading environmental
organizations, philanthropic foundations, and energy companies have
collaborated to form a unique center to provide producers with certification
of performance standards for shale development. The Center for Sustainable
Shale Development (CSSD) has established 15 initial performance standards
designed to ensure safe and environmentally responsible development of the
Appalachian Basin's abundant shale gas resources. These standards will form
the foundation of the CSSD's independent, third-party certification process.

"CSSD is the result of an unprecedented effort that brought together a group
of stakeholders with diverse perspectives, working to create responsible
performance standards and a rigorous, third-party evaluation process for shale
gas operations," said Robert Vagt, president of The Heinz Endowments. "This
process has demonstrated for us that industry and environmental organizations,
working together, can identify shared values and find common ground on
standards that are environmentally protective."

CSSD's founding participants are:

  oClean Air Task Force
  oCONSOL Energy
  oEnvironmental Defense Fund
  oEQT Corporation
  oGroup Against Smog and Pollution (GASP)
  oHeinz Endowments
  oCitizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture)
  oPennsylvania Environmental Council
  oWilliam Penn Foundation

Technical support has been provided by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,
ICF International, and the law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott.

"While shale development has been controversial, everyone agrees that, when
done, producers must minimize environmental risk," said Armond Cohen,
Executive Director, Clean Air Task Force. "These standards are the state of
the art on how to accomplish that goal, so we believe all Appalachian shale
producers should join CSSD, and the standards should also serve as a model for
national policy and practice."

Through discussions over the past two years, CSSD participants established a
shared vision of performance and environmental risk minimization for natural
gas development in the Appalachian region. The group's participants have
worked to adopt a set of progressive and rigorous performance standards based
on today's understanding of the risks associated with natural gas development
and the technological capacity to minimize those risks.

"CSSD is focusing on the establishment of standards that will initially
address the protection of air and water quality and climate, and will be
expanded to include other performance standards such as safety," said Nicholas
J. DeIuliis, President, CONSOL Energy. "Fundamentally, the aim is for these
standards to represent excellence in performance."

Companies can begin seeking certification in these areas later this year.

CSSD also plans to develop programs to share best practices.

"Raising the bar on performance and committing to public, rigorous and
verifiable standards demonstrates our companies' determination to develop this
resource safely and responsibly," said Bruce Niemeyer, President of Chevron
Appalachia. "Throughout the development of CSSD, the collaborative effort of
environmental organizations, foundations and energy companies has been the key
to achieving consensus on regional performance standards."

"This initiative is an important complement to strong regulatory frameworks.
It's also a model of the regional collaborations recommended by the Shale Gas
Production Subcommittee of the U.S. Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board to
help drive a process of continuous improvement," said Jared Cohon, president
of Carnegie Mellon University and a member of CSSD's Board of Directors.

"While the potential economic and environmental benefits of shale gas are
substantial, the public expects transparency, accountability and a fundamental
commitment to environmental safety and the protection of human health from the
companies operating throughout the region. CSSD is a sound step toward
assuring the public that shale development is being done to the requisite
standards of excellence," said Paul O'Neill, former Secretary of the Treasury
and retired Chairman of Pittsburgh-based Alcoa and a member of CSSD's Board of

Members of CSSD's Board of Directors are:

  oArmond Cohen, Executive Director, Clean Air Task Force;
  oJared Cohon, President of Carnegie Mellon University;
  oNicholas Deluliis, President of CONSOL Energy;
  oPaul Goodfellow, Vice President, U.S. Unconventionals, Shell;
  oPaul King, President, Pennsylvania Environmental Council;
  oFred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund;
  oJane Long, Principal Associate Director/Fellow, Lawrence Livermore
    National Laboratory (retired);
  oBruce Niemeyer, President, Chevron Appalachia;
  oPaul O'Neill, former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department and former
    CEO of Alcoa;
  oDavid Porges, President and CEO of EQT Corporation;
  oRobert Vagt, President, The Heinz Endowments; and
  oChristine Todd Whitman, former Administrator of the U.S. Environmental
    Protection Agency and former Governor of New Jersey.

About Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD)
Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, CSSD is an independent organization whose
mission is to support continuous improvement and innovative practices through
performance standards and third-party certification. Focused on shale
development in the Appalachian Basin, the Center provides a forum for a
diverse group of stakeholders to share expertise with the common objective of
developing solutions and serving as the center of excellence for shale gas

Funded by philanthropic foundations and participating energy companies, CSSD
is intended to promote collaborative efforts by industry and its stakeholders
called for by the Shale Gas Production Subcommittee of the U.S. Secretary of
Energy's Advisory Board.

SOURCE The Center for Sustainable Shale Development

Contact: Tim O'Brien, O'Brien Communications, +1-412-854-8845,
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