“He navigated the company through significant challenges he inherited when he arrived in the late 1990s, and made CONSOL the premier energy company that it is today,” said Nick DeIuliis, CONSOL Energy president and chief executive officer. “Brett’s legacy will be defined not only for the way he deftly guided CONSOL through one of the most significant chapters in our long history, but for the example he set and importance he placed on our core value of safety above all else.”

He added, “Today, Brett Harvey joins Ralph Bailey as the greatest leaders this company has ever known. Our company, and the entire industry, is better off today because of Brett’s unwavering commitment to the safety of the men and women who work underground every day to provide society with the comforts we all enjoy.”

The Harvey mine, which officially began production in March 2014, is the third coal mine and contains the fifth longwall system at the Bailey Complex — the largest underground coal complex in North America. The 5-million-ton annual production capacity at the Harvey Mine brings total annual production capacity at the complex to nearly 30 million tons. Approximately 2,500 employees support work at CONSOL Energy’s Pennsylvania Coal Operations, with 400 new jobs directly tied to the Harvey mine.