Major Transaction: CONSOL Energy Buys Dominion Resources Appalachian Business, Including Marcellus Gas Operations, for $3.475 Billion

CONSOL Energy of Pittsburgh today announced it is buying the Appalachian exploration and production operation of Dominion Resources. Dominion’s Marcellus Shale drilling operations are part of the transaction. CONSOL is paying $3.475 billion in cash.

Dominion currently has leases on approximately 500,000 acres in the Marcellus Shale. Added to CONSOL’s existing 250,000 acres (which belong to CNX Gas, another CONSOL company), the new total acreage controlled by CONSOL will be 750,000. Dominion’s large Marcellus acreage was one of the key attractions for CONSOL.

The total acreage CONSOL is buying from Dominion for both oil and gas totals 1.46 million acres, along with 9,000 active oil and gas wells. Dominion’s operation was once part of John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil company.

CONSOL will add 193 employees from Dominion’s Appalachian operation to its own payroll when the deal closes, which is expected to happen at the end of April.

For more details, see the press release:
CONSOL Energy to Acquire Dominion’s Appalachian E&P Business for $3.475 Billion In Cash