The Richard King Mellon Foundation Awards the Center for Sustainable Shale Development a Two-Year Grant

  The Richard King Mellon Foundation Awards the Center for Sustainable Shale
                         Development a Two-Year Grant

PR Newswire

PITTSBURGH, May 14, 2014

PITTSBURGH, May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --The Center for Sustainable Shale
Development (CSSD) announced the Richard King Mellon Foundation has awarded
the Center a two-year grant in support of its certification program and public
engagement initiatives. CSSD was formed by a group of leading environmental
organizations, philanthropic foundations and energy companies, which have
partnered to provide natural gas producers in the Appalachian Basin with
certification to a set of collaboratively developed, leading-edge performance
standards for shale development.

"The support we have received from the Richard King Mellon Foundation will be
leveraged to help CSSD fulfill its mission to advance transparent and prudent
shale development," said Susan LeGros, Executive Director of CSSD. "We are
honored and encouraged that one of the country's leading philanthropic
organizations with such a strong heritage in investing in this region has
joined us in support of implementing our third-party certification program and
our efforts to inform the public about ways to address risk."

In addition to the Richard King Mellon Foundation, the Claude Worthington
Benedum Foundation is also a funder of CSSD.

CSSD Strategic Partners

CSSD's participants are: Chevron; Clean Air Task Force; CONSOL Energy;
Environmental Defense Fund; EQT Corporation; Group Against Smog and Pollution
(GASP); Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture); Pennsylvania
Environmental Council; and Shell.

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
development.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. For more information about CSSD,
please see:

SOURCE Center for Sustainable Shale Development

Contact: Susan LeGros, Executive Director, CSSD, 412.804.4170; or Tim O'Brien,
O'Brien Communications, 412.854-8845
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