During the planning phase of our operations, we work to minimize our footprint and adverse impacts to wildlife habitats.
Before we commence onshore operations, we utilize an environmental site screening process to identify wildlife and their habitats, and work to avoid, minimize and mitigate adverse impacts. This process includes identifying wetlands, threatened and endangered species habitats, areas where active raptor nests have been located, and high-quality habitats relative to migratory birds. In Israel, a habitat assessment during 2017 resulted in development of a Biodiversity Action Plan, which specifies a set of future actions that will lead to the conservation or enhancement of biodiversity.
In Texas, as part of our environmental site screening process, we work to identify sensitive water bodies early in the planning process and, focusing on avoidance, integrate mitigation measures during the project development phase.
In Colorado’s DJ Basin, we operate adjacent to the Pawnee National Grasslands, which is managed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM. The Grasslands are home to a variety of wildlife including federally listed threatened and endangered species, eagles, and migratory birds. We work closely with USFS and BLM resource managers to ensure we comply with conservation objectives and major federal, state and local permits, approvals and authorization.
Since 2014, we have partnered with the Rocky Mountain Raptor Center (RMRC) to give employees and contractors a process to report any raptor-related issue including injured raptor assistance, raptor identification, nest removal evaluation and raptor rescues. As part of this program, RMRC representatives visited the Greeley office again in 2017 to share a raptor awareness presentation. The RMRC shared types of raptors native to Colorado, and described how to identify them and where and when each species nests.
Managing for wildlife does not only occur in the field. During 2017, a pair of red-shouldered hawks built a nest adjacent to the parking garage at the Houston office. Red-shouldered hawks are a protected raptor species and are native to Texas. Our facilities and environmental staff worked together to minimize disturbance to the nesting family. Nearby parking areas were blocked off and employees were notified to avoid the area.
As part of our commitment to NO HARM, we and five other oil and natural gas companies partnered with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Texas Parks and Wildlife, New Mexico Game and Fish and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in 2017 to launch the Pecos Watershed Conservation Initiative (PWCI). The PWCI is an unprecedented and strategic partnership which supports conservation projects in the Pecos River Watershed, which extends from eastern New Mexico into West Texas, and comprises a large portion of the Permian Basin.
The Pecos Watershed Conservation Initiative will:
- Strengthen the health of existing habitats along the Pecos River and its tributaries in eastern New Mexico and West Texas
- Protect some of the last remaining populations of native fish and other aquatic species found only in the Chihuahuan Desert
- Improve the management and function of native grasslands
- Address water quality and scarcity concerns for wildlife and agricultural uses
- Identify opportunities to expand species to areas of their range where they have been lost, or bolster small remnant populations.
In addition to efforts to reduce environmental impacts within our own operation, we support social investment projects that benefit the environment in the areas where we live and work.
Managing for wildlife does not occur just in the field. During 2017, a pair of red-shouldered hawks built a nest adjacent to the parking garage at our Houston corporate office. Red-shouldered hawks are a protected raptor species and are native to Texas. Our facilities and environmental staff worked together to minimize disturbance to the nesting family. Nearby parking areas were blocked off and employees were notified to avoid the area.
Endangered and Protected Species
The list below identifies species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), species of concern and species protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, and species listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
This list is provided for Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) indicator G4-EN14.
Mediterranean monk seal
North Atlantic right whale
Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin
Prebles’s Meadow Jumping Mouse
Mexican spotted owl
Colorado butterfly plant
Western prairie fringed orchid
Gulf Coast jaguarundi
Northern aplomado falcon
Mexican spotted owl
Bald Eagle (Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act)
Hawksbill sea turtle
Kemps ridley sea turtle
Leatherback sea turtle
Green sea turtle
Loggerhead sea turtle
- Rough cactus coral
- Pillar coral
Lobed star coral
- Mountainous star coral
- Boulder star coral
- Staghorn coral
- Elkhorn coral
Pennant’s Red Colobus – Procolobus pennantii
Eisentraut’s Mouse Shrew – Myosorex eisentrauti
Leatherback Turtle – Dermochelys coriacea
Hawksbill Turtle – Eretmochelys imbricata
Drill – Mandrillus leucophaeus
Preuss’s Guenon – Cercopithecus preussi
Bioko Forest Shrew – Sylvisorex isabellae
Sei Whale – Baelenoptera borealis
Blue Whale – Baelenoptera musculus
Fin Whale – Baelenoptera physalus
Green Turtle – Chelonia mydas
Loggerhead Turtle – Caretta caretta
Pincushion Ray – Urogymnus ukpam
Black Colobus – Colobus satanas
Red-Eared Guenon – Cercopithecus erythrotis
Humpback Whale – Megaptera novaengliae
Sperm Whale – Physeter microcephalus
African Manatee – Trichechus senegalensis
Olive Ridley Turtle – Lepidochelys olivacea
Fernando Po Speirops – Speirops brunneus
Red-headed Rockfowl – Picathartes oreas
Cape Gannet – Morus capensis
Monitor Lizard – Varanus niloticus
Ursula’s Sunbird – Nectarinia ursulae
African Skimmer – Rynchops flavirostrus
Damara Tern – Sterna balaenarum
White Grouper – Epiniphelus aeneus
Crowned Guenon – Cercopithecus pogonias
Putty-Nosed Guenon – Cercopithecus nictitans
African Brush-tailed Porcupine – Atherurus africanus
Ogilby’s Duiker – Cephalophus ogilbyi
Blue Duiker – Philantomba monticola
Common Mink Whale – Baelenoptera acutorostrata
Risso’s Dolphin – Grampus griseus
Fraser’s Dolphin – Lagenodelphis hosei
Melon-Headed Whale – Peponocephala electra
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin – Stenella attenuate
Striped Dolphin – Stenella coeruleoalba
Common Bottlenose Dolphin – Ziphius cavirostris
Cuvier’s Beaked Whale – Tursiops truncatus
Mountain Sawwing – Psalidoprocne fuliginosa
Mutton Hamlet – Alphestes afer
Niger Hind – Cephalopholis nigri
Mottled Grouper – Mycteroperca rubra
Northern Star Coral – Astrangia poculata
Golfball Coral – Favia fragum
Great Star Coral – Montastraea cavernosa
Mustard Hill Coral – Porites astreoides
Finger Coral – Porites porites
Lesser Starlet Coral – Siderastrea radians