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Consol Energy donates $100,000 to Fairview water line extension

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Gov. Tomblin and local officials accepted $50,000 from Consol Energy, half of a donation for a water line extension. Consol COO for Coal James Brock stands at left; Sr. VP for Northern WV Operations Chuck Shaynak is at right in a dark jacket. Gov. Tomblin and local officials accepted $50,000 from Consol Energy, half of a donation for a water line extension. Consol COO for Coal James Brock stands at left; Sr. VP for Northern WV Operations Chuck Shaynak is at right in a dark jacket.

A donation from Consol Energy to the Marion County town of Fairview celebrated Sept. 27 was the "make or break" commitment for a water line extension to place 141 customers on city water.

Consol presented a check in the amount of $50,000 to the town of Fairview at a Sept. 27 luncheon in Fairmont that was attended by company executives, county and city leaders and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

The $50,000 was the first half of a total $100,000 donation.

"It's a $4.6 million project and the Fairview Water Extension Committee had raised $4.5 million through grants and loans, so we were only lacking $100,000," said Region VI Planning and Development Council Executive Director James Hall. "Consol Energy came to our rescue."

Consol has been part of the community since 1903, said Chuck Shaynak, senior vice president for northern West Virginia operations.

"We've got a very, very long relationship with people in this area, and it's always been a privilege for us to do the things we've done here," Shaynak said.

The company employs 1,100 in Marion County at its Robinson Run and nearby Blacksville mines.

"Part of that is for us to help promote the local area so that our employees that already live here have a nice place to raise their families, but to also induce people from other areas to come and live in Marion County and be employees of Consol Energy," Shaynak said.

Consol has donated more than $350,000 to the local community over the past two years and was named "Corporate Citizen of the Year" for 2012 earlier this year by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.

Shaynak emphasized Consol's "Absolute Zero" philosophy of a zero-accident work environment.

He also spoke of the company's "Working Safely for a Cause" program in which groups of employees work safely to earn donations to causes they choose, ranging from large charities to members of employees' families who need assistance.

The 141 customers that will be added to the water supply system are on wells and cisterns, said Hall of Region VI, which were "going bad."

Fairview lies at the Marion County – Monongalia County border; the homes are outside the town boundary, and nearly three-quarters of people there live in Monongalia County.

Hall said the water line extension represents a model for regional government.

"The two county commissions — Monongalia County donated $440,000 toward the project and Marion County allocated $200,000, plus $40,000 for a feasibility study that got the project off the ground — they ignored political boundaries," he said. "This is two political entities coming together for the good of the people."

Pro Contracting of Clarksburg is the contractor for the project.

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