CONSOL Energy accepts the Robert E. Murray Award, from left-right: Eric Shereda, Daniel Connell, Jacqueline Fidler, Jimmy Brock and SME President March LeVier.

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) presented CONSOL Energy with its Robert E. Murray Innovation Award at the annual conference and exposition, which took place in February in Phoenix. The theme of the keynote session was Energy is Everything and it kicked off with a video from CONSOL Energy’s NotSoFast campaign. (For more information, see:

CONSOL Energy said its NotSoFast campaign underscores the importance of a measured approach to the energy transition, emphasizing the continued relevance of coal and fossil fuels in a balanced and realistic energy strategy. CONSOL Energy CEO Jimmy Brock explained that, while a net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 goal is admirable, the U.S. needs to take a pragmatic approach to the energy transition that doesn’t put reliability at risk.

Daniel Connell, senior vice president for CONSOL Innovations, and Jacqueline Fidler, vice president-environmental and sustainability for CONSOL Energy, co-presented NotSoFast: The Continuing Role of Coal in a Sustainable Future, which they said aligned with the conference’s theme of innovation and sustainability.

Presented by the SME Coal Division, the Robert E. Murray Innovation Award recognizes a company or a person for its contributions to the mining industry through technical innovation and the advancement of coal’s role in a sustainable energy future.