We believe environmental responsibility is an important factor in operating a socially responsible company. The health and safety of the people and places where we operate are a priority. We have programs in place to help enhance the safety of our people and contractors while minimizing the impact of our operations on the environment.
Our environmental stewardship relates to Newfield's impacts on living and non-living natural systems, including ecosystems, land, air and water. In addition, it pertains to performance related to environmental compliance. We will attempt to mitigate and minimize our environmental impact.
We also choose to work with contractors, vendors and suppliers who have similar views in regards to minimizing the impact of operations on the environment.
Newfield Partners with the GWPC to Educate the Public
Newfield Exploration voluntarily began submitting chemical disclosure data to the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) in 2011. The GWPC is a national association of state ground water and underground injection control agencies whose mission is to promote the protection and conservation of ground water resources for beneficial uses, recognizing ground water as a critical component of the ecosystem. Newfield participates in the GWPC's FracFocus website to disclose all chemicals added to the Company's hydraulic fracturing systems at: www.fracfocus.org. This website is a joint project of the GWPC and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. Early in the project, the designers recognized that simple disclosure of the content of fracturing fluids did not provide sufficient information to the public. This website's intention is to provide the public with objective information on hydraulic fracturing, the chemicals used, the purposes they serve and the means by which groundwater is protected. The public information portion of the website interfaces directly with the well fracturing information uploaded by operators like Newfield. This allows the public to see what chemicals are being used in well sites near their property. "Newfield is proud to be one of the first exploration and production companies to participate with the GWPC's disclosure effort and has recruited other exploration and production companies to participate," said Lloyd Hetrick, Newfield Operations Engineer who is the Company's Water Specialist to the GWPC. "Newfield also supports the development of state initiatives for disclosure of hydraulic fracturing chemical information to the public." Newfield has and will continue to advocate through industry organizations at the state level that FracFocus is the most appropriate public disclosure tool.
Newfield Exploration's Efforts in the Uinta Basin Recognized
Newfield Receives Environmental Earth Day Award
The Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining presented Newfield Exploration with a 2011 Earth Day Award for efforts to protect and preserve the environment. The award was presented Wednesday, April 27, 2011, in Salt Lake City, Utah, by the agency. "Our Earth Day Award program honors industry efforts that exceed regulatory requirements placed upon them," explained Board Chairman James T. Jensen. "Mining and oil and gas companies work hard to protect and restore the environment while providing the natural resources our society needs and we want to recognize those efforts." Newfield received its award for working closely with private landowners in Duchesne and Uintah counties to create drilling programs to access oil and gas resources while preserving normal farming operations. The essential requirement for receiving an award is that a company, organization or individual must voluntarily perform work that significantly enhances or improves the environment even though such action is not required by law. The Board of Oil, Gas and Mining has presented Earth Day Awards since 1991. Newfield Exploration was among three companies recognized for environmental efforts on April 27. "We pride ourselves on maintaining the highest possible standards in protecting the environment, health and safety in our areas of operation," said Daryll T. Howard, vice president of Newfield Rocky Mountains. "It's important that we work with our neighbors in the Uinta Basin to assure that drilling for hydrocarbon resources, normal farming operations and a healthy regard for the environment can co-exist while benefiting the area economy."
Newfield Working with Others on Safety and the Environment
Newfield places great importance to its employees participating in industry and regulatory workgroups to help design and implement regulations and industry standards. This also helps the Company stay up to date on the newest safety/environmental regulations and issues. Some of the groups with active Newfield participation include:
- IPAMs (Independent Producers Association of Mountain States) Denver Office
- OSHA MCEPS (Mid-Continent Exploration and Production Safety) Tulsa Office (Executive Committee)
- Mid Continent Oil and Gas Association Environmental Committee - Tulsa Office
- Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association Environmental Committee - Tulsa Office
- IADC Advanced Well Control Training Curriculum - Houston Office (Development of Curriculum)
- AXPC (American Exploration and Production Council) Houston Office (Chairman and environmental committees)
- API (American Petroleum Institute) - Houston Office Various workgroups involved in Writing and Rewriting Recommended Practices)
- STEPS (Safety Network) - Newfield was founder of Utah STEPS
Compensation and EH&S
Environment, health and safety (EH&S) performances are measures used by Newfield to help annually determine both compensation and bonuses for its field employees in each of the Company's operating regions. While the method of determining the impact to compensation and bonuses varies among our regions and with individual area management, the overall Company emphasis is clear that conducting operations safely and with concern for the environment is an operating objective for our workforce. Our employees are rewarded for good performance in these areas.