From South Texas to Pennsylvania, we have field offices in top U.S. oil and natural gas plays.
The communities where we operate are also the communities where we live. We recognize the opportunity that we have been given — to be both a neighbor and an operator on someone’s land — and we approach this role with a focus on safety and stewardship. We commit to responsible operations while we also work to strengthen the areas where we do business, leaving a positive impact through economic and community support.
Delivering on our business strategies offers a financial benefit to our shareholders and a positive impact on our communities. Our operations generate economic development through job creation, capital investing, tax payments to municipalities and payments to our royalty owners. In the last three years (2013 to 2015), we have paid more than $1.5 billion in state and federal taxes. These funds helped facilitate infrastructure projects, education efforts and safety services.
We also support economic growth by hiring locally. When we recruit, we are committed to finding local talent first. Of our total employee population, 45% regularly work in the field and live in or near the communities where we do business.
Operating on the land that someone calls home is a huge responsibility — one that Chesapeake takes seriously. We work to build long-term relationships with our royalty owners by being transparent and accessible.
Critical to this commitment is two-way communication. Our owners have access to our company through our local field employees, at community and industry events, and via our Owner Relations Department. The Owner Relations Department serves as a central information hub for owners, responding to inquiries about topics such as lease agreements, payments and production. Staffed completely by Chesapeake employees, the Owner Relations group also has the ability for Spanish translation.
Partnering with local emergency responders is important to both our safety efforts and our community engagement. Many of our operations are served by rural, often volunteer, fire departments. With limited resources, it is especially important for these departments to know what to expect in an emergency and to have training on specific oilfield incident response. Chesapeake has a robust first responder outreach program to educate emergency responders on the lifecycle of a well and what they might expect should an incident occur.
In 2015 we thoughtfully realigned our social responsibility program to better reflect our core values and support our business purpose. We engage in our communities in a number of ways:
1,200 homes damaged or destroyed. Businesses, schools and infrastructure in ruin. And worst of all, 23 people dead. In late June 2016, 10 inches of rain fell in West Virginia, causing flash flooding. Chesapeake employees, even those directly affected, stepped up to quickly restore operations and help the community.Read More