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Center for Sustainable Shale Development program opens for business

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD), a collaborative between environmental organizations and energy companies to encourage prudent and responsible development of shale gas resources in the Appalachian region, announced that its independent, third-party certification and verification program is now accepting applicants.

As CSSD opens its doors to begin reviewing applications and auditing companies who apply for certification, it has hired Bureau Veritas as its initial auditor. All producers operating in the Appalachian region are eligible to apply at this time.

Certification is based on the center' s 15 initial performance standards that were developed to reflect leading industry practices. Companies can seek certifications in Air & Climate, Water & Waste, or both, concurrently.  Auditors will evaluate the applicant' s operations to the standards that are specific to the certification a company chooses.  Evaluations are expected to take three to six months, with a summary of a completed audit report made accessible on CSSD' s website.



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