Biodiversity

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.

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When a pair of red-shouldered hawks made their nest near our headquarters, we made sure to minimize disturbances in the area.

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.

Eastern Mediterranean

Critically Endangered

Mediterranean monk seal 
 

Endangered:

Fin whale    

Sei whale   

Green turtle   

North Atlantic right whale  

Loggerhead turtle   


Near Threatened

Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin


Vulnerable

Sperm whale 

Leatherback turtle  

DJ Basin

Endangered

Black-footed ferret

Whooping crane

Pallid sturgeon


Threatened

Prebles’s Meadow Jumping Mouse

Mexican spotted owl

Piping plover

Colorado butterfly plant

Ute ladies-tresses

Western prairie fringed orchid

Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale

Endangered

Whooping crane 

Gulf Coast jaguarundi 

Northern aplomado falcon 

Ocelot

Least tern


Threatened

Mexican spotted owl


Candidate

Golden Orb

Texas Pimpleback

Texas fatmucket

Bald Eagle (Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act)  

Gulf of Mexico

Endangered

Fin whale 

Sei whale

Sperm whale 

Hawksbill sea turtle

Kemps ridley sea turtle

Leatherback sea turtle 

Smalltooth sawfish


Threatened

Green sea turtle

Loggerhead sea turtle

Gulf sturgeon

Nassau grouper

  • Rough cactus coral
  • Pillar coral

Lobed star coral

  • Mountainous star coral 
  • Boulder star coral 
  • Staghorn coral 
  • Elkhorn coral 

 

West Africa

Critically Endangered

Pennant’s Red Colobus – Procolobus pennantii

Eisentraut’s Mouse Shrew – Myosorex eisentrauti

Leatherback Turtle – Dermochelys coriacea

Hawksbill Turtle – Eretmochelys imbricata


Endangered

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


Vulnerable

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


Near Threatened

Monitor Lizard – Varanus niloticus

Ursula’s Sunbird – Nectarinia ursulae

African Skimmer – Rynchops flavirostrus

Damara Tern – Sterna balaenarum

White Grouper – Epiniphelus aeneus


Least Concern

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