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Respecting the Environment

We take a holistic view of environmental performance.

We want to help meet the world’s energy demand in an environmentally responsible manner. Our goal is to have an enduring, positive impact on the communities where we do business.

Through careful planning and management of our operations, we strive to use natural resources responsibly, reduce waste, and minimize releases to the environment and impacts on biodiversity and key ecosystem services.

 In cases where, despite our best efforts, our activities have adverse impacts, we remediate as necessary to return those areas to acceptable conditions.
  • Fostering Water Stewardship

    Our industry depends on the use of natural resources, so we understand the importance of managing water responsibly. We strive to reduce our water demand and our footprint and have processes in place to safeguard water quality.
  • Reducing Flaring

    We have reduced combined flaring by more than 50 percent within our Algeria and Equatorial Guinea operations. We are also working to reduce flaring in our Bakken operations by investing in gas-gathering and processing infrastructure.
  • Respecting Biodiversity

    Minimizing our impact on biodiversity and key ecosystem services is vital to our license to operate and is an important consideration in project planning and execution.
  • Handling Waste

    We apply the following approach to guide our efforts on waste management: Conserve, Reduce, Recycle and Reuse. Through prudent management practices and engineering controls we strive to minimize waste and manage it responsibly.
  • Addressing Spills

    Spill prevention is a critical aspect of our commitment to respect the environment. We measure our performance accordingly.

Fresh Water Use

Fresh water availability and quality are issues of increasing importance, especially within exploration and production (E&P). We recognize responsible water use is a key issue for the communities where we operate and for our stakeholders. We actively monitor and evaluate water-related issues and deploy measures to protect water quality and minimize the use of water across our operations.

Fresh Water Use by Business and Facility

Our Exploration and Production operations used 8.5 million cubic meters of fresh water in 2012, which accounted for 71 percent of our company’s total. Most of that water, about 78 percent, was used by our U.S. gas processing plant operations.