CONSOL Energy’s CEO Brett Harvey must be getting some heat over the company’s recent announcement that they have signed an agreement to export ethane from the Marcellus to Europe (see CONSOL to Begin Ethane Shipments Next Year–to Europe?!). Why would we say CONSOL is getting blowback? Because Harvey penned an op-ed that appears in The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register giving a spirited defense of their decision. The gist of Harvey’s points, if we might summarize, is this: CONSOL has deep roots and is committed to WV; there’s plenty of ethane to go around, including for exports (and exports bring money into WV); CONSOL is also going to sell ethane to the Odebrecht ethane cracker when/if it gets built; in the meantime, selling ethane to Europe means CONSOL will have more money to invest in WV.
Here’s Harvey’s “it’s OK” op-ed: