“Let’s not talk about policy, let’s talk about values.”
It wasn’t the answer I expected from Jimmy Brock, President and CEO of CONSOL Energy, when asked about the company’s environmental policies. However, it shed light on the perception of the coal industry, and what that industry is doing to change how you view one of the U.S.’s most important energy sources.
“In a larger sense, and on a personal note, nearly all employees of CONSOL Energy live in the region where they mine and work,” he said. “Our kids drink the water and breathe this air. We all have a vested interest in ensuring that our activities do not adversely affect the environment. Compliance is one of our core values, but it’s also the personal reasons why environmental stewardship is paramount to us.”
Brock has been a part of the coal industry—and CONSOL Energy specifically—for four decades. He has a real passion for the work he does, and the company he does it for. Starting in 1978 as a summer student for the company, Brock has worked at nearly every position at the company: from laborer up through management to CEO today.