We apply advanced technology, rigorous operational procedures and practical solutions to operate safely in an effort to protect water sources, preserve water quality, minimize our surface footprint and reduce waste.
We ranked No. 1 in the U.S. energy sector in Newsweek magazine's “Green Rankings” in both 2011 and 2012. In addition, we ranked No. 12 among the most transparent companies in the U.S. in 2012 on the same index.
To monitor our impact on the environment, we assess baseline environmental conditions before any activity begins, as operations are ongoing, and as we prepare to exit the site.
We are committed to protecting water sources with responsible drilling and completion practices, compliance with regulations and standards, monitoring air emissions and minimizing our surface land use.
Our Commitment to the Environment
Our operating practices define the environment, health, safety and social responsibility requirements for each stage of our shale oil and gas operations.
Protection of Water Sources
Responsible water management is another way we minimize our impact. We protect fresh water supplies through responsible drilling practices and appropriate sourcing, storage and disposal of water used in the drilling and hydraulic fracturing processes.
To ensure that communities where we operate have full access to information about our business and the material we use at each of our sites, Hess discloses information relating to our hydraulic fracturing fluids on the FracFocus website which is run by the Groundwater Protection Council. Hess voluntarily disclosed to FracFocus before many states made the practice mandatory. Data from our hydraulic fracturing operations since 2011 is currently available on FracFocus
We have installed closed-loop drilling fluid containment systems at all our U.S. operations, reducing the need for waste water storage pits and giving us the ability to contain fluids until they can be safely treated and disposed of at a permitted facility.
Responsible Drilling and Completion Practices
We design our oil and gas wells in accordance with well design and completion standards and applicable regulatory requirements and standards.
By employing industry proven drilling technologies we can safely produce more oil and natural gas from more compact well sites and minimize our overall surface footprint.
Hydrocarbon-bearing formations are most often found thousands of feet below the deepest fresh water aquifer. Wells are lined with multiple layers of steel pipe and encased in cement to isolate fresh water aquifers, preventing fluids or gas in the well from seeping into ground water.
Hess participates in external associations to ensure that we are aware of technological and environmental advances in our industry.
Compliance with Regulations and Standards
We work closely with state and local regulators to ensure that we are in compliance with the requirements and standards outlined by federal and state regulators as well as overall industry guidelines.
Air Emissions and Air Monitoring
Hess is committed to protecting air quality and reducing emissions in areas where we operate.
In North Dakota, where we have large-scale operations, we are working to reduce the amount of gas we flare by investing in our gas gathering infrastructure. We are in the process of more than doubling the size of the Tioga Gas Plant which processes the gas we produce. The expansion will significantly improve our ability to process the gas produced from our operations and will reduce our need to flare gas.
Minimizing Surface Land Use
Our philosophy is to minimize our surface land use and reduce the number of well sites needed to develop our acreage. We do this by using horizontal drilling and by grouping multiple wells on a single well pad rather than drilling only one well per pad.
When our leases have short-term expiration dates, we drill a single vertical well to hold the lease by production and return later in the field development phase to drill multiple wells from that same location, reducing our surface footprint.
We respect local habitats and biodiversity. Special care is taken around locally important or endangered species.
In addition to job creation, shale oil and gas development has offered economic advantages to landowners and leaseholders. In the past five years, our production royalty payments to North Dakota residents have quadrupled to more than $144 million.
In every state where we have shale oil and gas production, increased tax revenue has helped close budget gaps. Additionally the lower cost of energy has led to a resurgence of key industries such as steel, petrochemicals and energy intensive manufacturing.
As more international shale oil and gas opportunities are appraised, similar economic advantages and job creation may be realized by other nations with similar resources.