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Surface footprint

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies have enabled industry to more efficiently recover resources while greatly reducing the footprint left on the surface.

Industry’s ability to drill multiple wells from a single well pad (more than two dozen wells in some cases) and the technique of drilling long horizontal wells to access the shale or tight sand resource, combine to enable unconventional resources development with reduced surface impact.

Consolidating our operations reduces the amount of land use necessary to access resources and has the additional benefit of reducing number of access roads, pipelines, and surface facilities necessary to service wells. This allows us to focus the efforts we take to minimize disturbances in the communities in which we operate.

While each community’s needs and concerns are different, we consider additional measures to reduce the footprint of our operations beyond land use. For example, we limiting truck traffic during school transit hours and through neighborhoods and, where practicable, through installation of temporary freshwater pipelines for completion activities.  We use sound mitigation technology at compressor stations and around active drilling sites, where applicable. We work with conservation organizations on site restoration projects, involving reintroducing native plant life and trees.