CONSOL Energy Donates More than $49,000 in its Continued Effort to Fight Hunger in Greene County

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX) today announced a $16,000 donation from its employees to the Corner Cupboard Food Bank, which provides food assistance and hunger relief to more than 3,000 Greene County, PA residents each month. The employee donation brings CONSOL Energy's gift to the Corner Cupboard to more than $49,175 this holiday season.

CONSOL Energy employees were able to contribute to the company's fight against hunger by donating $10 for a CONSOL Energy and Pittsburgh Penguins t-shirt. More than 1,600 t-shirts have been sold already.

To kick off the company-wide effort before Thanksgiving, CONSOL Energy sponsored the 4th Annual Corner Cupboard Holiday Food Drive at the Greene County Courthouse in Waynesburg, PA on Nov. 15, 2011, CONSOL Energy employees and food bank volunteers collected nonperishable food and monetary donations from event attendees and area businesses. Limited edition CONSOL-Penguins t-shirts also were available for a donation, with many local residents excited to wear their support.

"At CONSOL Energy, we believe it's our responsibility and privilege to be a good corporate citizen and active participant and in the communities where we work and live," said Laural Ziemba, CONSOL Energy Director - Community Relations.

"As a leading employer in Greene County, we're invested in helping both our employees and their neighbors in need. In addition to the $20,000 we invested in the food drive event, the $8,175 collected at the event and CONSOL Energy's $5,000 cash donation to the Corner Cupboard Food Bank for Thanksgiving, I'm pleased to present now an additional check for $16,000 from CONSOL Energy's employees."

"CONSOL Energy's annual contributions allow the Corner Cupboard Food Bank to double our funding to help the community's most vulnerable," shares Jan Caldwell, Corner Cupboard Food Bank's Executive Director. "We are especially grateful during the winter holidays, when there's a substantial jump in the number in need of food assistance."

"The energy CONSOL produces powers the nation, but it's the energy of our employees and everyone who gives that really makes our communities better places," Ziemba remarked.

How to help: Spread some holiday cheer and give to Greene County individuals, families, children and seniors in need. Contact the Corner Cupboard Food Bank to make a cash donation, drop off nonperishable food or coordinate a food drive for your group. Limited edition CONSOL Energy and Pittsburgh Penguins t-shirt are available for a $10 donation per shirt, while supplies last. All proceeds benefit the Corner Cupboard. For more information on donations and Penguins t-shirts, call the Corner Cupboard at 724-627-9784.

CONSOL Energy Inc., the leading diversified fuel producer headquartered in the Eastern U.S., is a member of the Standard & Poor's 500 Equity Index and the Fortune 500. It has 12 bituminous coal mining complexes in four states and reports proven and probable coal reserves of 4.4 billion tons. It is also a leading Eastern U.S. gas producer, with proved reserves of over 3.7 trillion cubic feet. Additional information about CONSOL Energy can be found at its web site: www.consolenergy.com

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