CONSOL Trims 2015 Drilling Budget Another $80M; High-Grade?

On Friday, CONSOL Energy issued a press release with lots of flowery words to say they’re whacking their drilling budget again. Instead of spending $1 billion on Marcellus/Utica drilling in 2015 (previously announced in January), they’ll spend $80 million less than that–$920 million. The language CONSOL uses is interesting: they talk about continuing their focus to “high-grade the development plan to further reduce capital in a lower commodity price environment,” whatever that means. Sounds like gobbledygook to us. They use “high-grade” as a verb. If CONSOL had spent $80M more would that have been considered low-grading the development plan? Medium-grading it? We sometimes find the language of high finance amusing as well as befuddling. Here’s the full announcement from Friday. See if you can make heads or tails of it…

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