Responding to Stakeholder Concerns
We strive to be transparent about issues of concern to our stakeholders. Engaging with employees, communities, investors, government and non-governmental organizations at every level in all our locations is an essential part of this process. We aim to continuously improve our public reporting by identifying and prioritizing the content that is most valuable to our stakeholders and of greatest relevance to safe and responsible operations. We determined the content of this report through a materiality analysis based heavily on a combination of external and internal stakeholder feedback and research.
We work to engage with our communities throughout every stage of operations to gain perspectives and understand their concerns. We use several engagement methods, including meetings, surveys and research, grievance hotlines, online channels such as www.noblecolorado.com and direct interaction with diverse audiences. These engagements ensure we reach the widest possible audience in soliciting feedback – both positive and negative – about our operations.
In the DJ Basin, our largest onshore asset, we established several practices in response to stakeholder input, including:
- For each new operating location, we conduct baseline surveys and impact assessments that evaluate noise, light, and odors. As needed, we implement mitigation measures to reduce these impacts and follow up to assess their effectiveness. We conduct similar assessments on legacy projects that predated this baseline survey process.
- We work with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) to install effective sound barriers (acoustic panels) to reduce noise around our drilling operations. We also participate in a COGCC technical working group to share best practices and ways to mitigate noise.
- We limit light pollution by carefully positioning lights and using them only during specific activities and by taking advantage of natural topography or constructing temporary or permanent light shields.
- We work to reduce odor from our operations by using closed-loop systems to store drilling mud, green completions to reduce flaring and combustion burners to avoid venting of emissions during production.
We also operate a landowner hotline in the DJ Basin as a channel for landowners impacted by our operations to provide feedback or lodge concerns and receive timely, respectful and consistent responses.
Because most of our onshore assets are in rural areas, the most common community concerns expressed relate to truck noise and truck traffic impacts on roads. To minimize and manage these temporary disturbances, we implement specific road-use strategies. Our efforts include keeping large trucks off roads during school bus-route hours and, in many cases, installing pipeline transportation systems to eliminate the need for trucks to move our products.