Unconventional resources development operations through multi-well pads and horizontal drilling techniques result in significantly less habitat disruption by reducing the potential impact compared to other methods and energy sources. As a result, oil and natural gas activities generally affect only a small portion of the surface estate within any habitat.
In addition, XTO Energy and ExxonMobil have a long history of working with the Fish and Wildlife Service and others to mitigate impacts to species that are protected, threatened or endangered. We believe all stakeholders, private land owners, agriculture, state and local governments, manufacturers and others, should be included in conservation plans.
We also believe any conservation measures adopted by the Fish and Wildlife Service should include a mitigation plan to restore species and allow access within a habitat based on mitigation. Such conservation measures should not rely on avoidance of habitat as the sole mitigation measure.
XTO continuously monitors all potential Endangered Species Act impacts through trade associations and internal working groups. We also support and participate in research to better understand wildlife protection issues.