Before drilling a well we work with communities, business leaders and other interested parties to understand their needs and incorporate what we learn into our business plans and actions.
Our planning processes incorporate studies on local wildlife and natural resources to identify potential impacts from our operations. We use the data to make necessary modifications, such as locating well pads and facilities outside nesting habitats, adhering to timing restrictions and reclaiming land by planting vegetation that provides forage for animals and birds.
In Canada, we conduct environmental and cultural assessments to help select suitable and acceptable locations for drill pads to protect archeological artifacts and sacred land. In Indonesia, we work with local communities, governments and neighboring companies to ensure they understand and support our plans. In New Mexico, a designated liaison to all four tribes located in the San Juan Basin works to understand the tribes’ needs.
We follow the permitting process as prescribed by government regulatory requirements. Before we begin to drill, our engineers, geoscientists and environmental employees work with regulatory staffs to collect and analyze information on the geology and surface conditions of the potential drill site. They then develop drilling, surface use and water management plans to maximize oil and gas production while protecting the environment and minimizing the well's overall footprint.