An open and active dialogue with community members is vital to our long-term operations. Community Advisory Panels (CAP) provide a forum for an open exchange and conversation.
Currently, XTO hosts one CAP in Butler County, Pennsylvania, and one in Belmont County, Ohio. Each CAP includes about 25 leaders from academia, business, nonprofit organizations, emergency management and other areas.
“The CAP keeps the community informed about the true nature of the gas industry,” said Chuck Stowe, a township supervisor and member of the Butler County panel. “It gives community leaders a chance to get to know XTO employees and executives. They explain XTO’s operations, how they manage safety and protect the environment. We can share that information with people in the community.”
The bimonthly meetings include presentations about topics that interest panel members, as well as tours of local XTO operations. The Butler County CAP has toured a drill site, cryogenics and compressor facilities, and a pipeline installation during the past three years.
“Regular dialogue with key members of the communities is critical,” said Kurt Knaus, XTO meeting facilitator for both CAPs. “It’s not just telling them about XTO. It’s about listening. Every community is different. What might work in one community may not work in another, and the only way to know what works is to talk to the people who live there. The back-and-forth we experience in the CAPs enables us to do that.”