Chesapeake is committed to environmental excellence.
Our industry-leading technology, unparalleled resources and talented employees provide unmatched capabilities to generate the most value from Chesapeake's high-quality assets. Our dedication to continuous improvement also includes finding more efficient, safer ways to run our business and protect our people and the environment. From the only in-house core analysis lab of its kind to our unique environmental programs, we manage our assets, people and business in a manner consistent with our core values of respect, integrity and trust.
Are we the only life-sustaining planet in the solar system? It’s a question many have pondered throughout the ages. Chesapeake Senior Geologist Steve Chipera is helping NASA find answers to this burning question. Along with a few scientific colleagues, Chipera is lending his expertise to an exciting element of NASA’s Mars Curiosity project. Through a one-of-a-kind invention, the group is helping NASA analyze soil and rock samples from the planet’s surface to help determine the possibility of life on Mars.
NASA isn’t the only one benefiting from the group’s innovative X-ray spectrometer though. Chesapeake is testing its use to examine drill cuttings by capturing mineral readings, which make sure the drillbit stays in the most profitable portions of the reservoir during drilling.
Whether it is a warm shower in the winter or a carwash in the summer, we all rely heavily on our municipal water supply. As an energy producer, Chesapeake understands the importance of conserving water and is always looking for new ways to improve its overall water footprint.
With the success of AquaRenew®, Chesapeake’s internal water recycling initiative, the company has gone the extra mile once again to save even more water and promote self-sustaining operations. Despite the long-held industry belief that only freshwater could be used to successfully complete a well, forward-thinking minds at Chesapeake have proven that recycled produced water is a real alternative to freshwater usage in the Mississippi Lime.
Steering the drillbit — or geosteering — from afar isn’t necessarily a new concept in the natural gas and oil industry. Offshore operators have been doing it for several years as it was more practical for remote locations. Chesapeake, in an effort to maximize oil and natural gas return from its wells, is adapting this sophisticated technique for onshore use.
Through its acquisition of Horizon Oilfield Services in 2011, the company began its own internal Geosteering Division with the goal of perfecting its drilling process. Today this group maintains the Drilling Operations Center (DOC), where 30 geosteerers, also known as operational geologist, monitor drilling data 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Monitoring an average of 120 wells a day, this group makes sure the wellbore stays in the best rock, which ultimately means Chesapeake develops the best reserves at the lowest possible cost.
It’s everyone’s dream. From cleaning out the attic and stumbling upon a family heirloom to seeing the potential in something most have deemed junk, there is nothing quite as exciting as discovering a diamond in the rough.
While not as glitzy or glamorous as American Pickers or Flip This House, Chesapeake is doing a bit of its own repurposing through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfield initiative. For 20 years the initiative has been taking abandoned or underused industrial and commercial properties — some containing low concentrations of hazardous waste or pollution — and restoring them to useful locations such as oil and natural gas wellsites.
In the Barnett Shale alone, the company has revitalized more than 20 locations into working natural gas sites that house more than 40 producing wells.
Chesapeake knows that how a product is produced is as important as the product itself. That’s why the company is committed to continually finding ways to reduce all aspects of its environmental footprint — including hydraulic fracturing.
Through the company’s Green Frac® program, Chesapeake has eliminated 25% of the additives used in its hydraulic fracturing fluids across its major shale plays. In addition, it has also taken a leading role in transparency through fracfocus.org.
Scientists in Chesapeake’s Reservoir Technology Center are focused on finding more oil and natural gas reservoirs within the company’s already-captured resources. Using advanced equipment and technology, the teams study and evaluate a variety of factors that give Chesapeake a competitive edge among its peers.
The core analysis facility is home to the company’s technological pioneers including scientists, petrophysicists and geologists and with a recent expansion and an 80,000-square-foot facility, they can work together like never before.
With advances in 3-D seismic imagery, hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, oil and gas development has become one of the most scientifically advanced industries on the planet. The newest modernization Chesapeake has mastered is multiwell pad drilling, which delivers many benefits, including increased production using fewer resources, a smaller environmental impact and huge cost savings.
From northern Pennsylvania to South Texas, these efficient methods continue to pay off and provide a key example of how Chesapeake is increasing profitable and efficient growth through continuous improvement.
Chesapeake operations use several alternative fuel sources to power its rigs. Beginning in 2006 Chesapeake incorporated alternative fueling sources that include electric grid drilling, a dual-fuel blend of diesel and natural gas and soon-to-be-added natural gas turbines. All three deliver financial and environmental benefits.
Part of becoming a great business is the ability to find innovative solutions and improvements to operations. Chesapeake’s Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) team is helping to do just that.
In 2013 the team worked with Worthington Industries to develop a specialized torch. Donned the Chesapeake Utility Torch, the simple device provides a safer, more efficient way to light the pilot on heater treater systems in the field, which are used to separate oil from produced water and other condensates.
The Utility Torch has become so popular Worthington is now marketing the item to the oil and gas industry. Companies such as Marathon, Apache and Unit Petroleum have contacted Chesapeake to learn more about the torch and lighting procedure.
With leading positions in top U.S. oil and natural gas plays, we continue to generate the most value from our operations through capital efficiencies, reduced expenses and strategic production.Learn more