Stewardship from the Start

Planning is key to the delivery of our company’s environmental stewardship commitment. In 2015, Chesapeake implemented a site assessment standard companywide. Although aspects of this program had always been in place at the company, we now have full integration and consistency, which facilitates our goal of continuous improvement of the process. Our site assessment program focuses on protecting four primary categories: 

 

Prior to initiating construction activity, we carefully assess the varying aspects of a proposed location, from its geography and topography to the existence of sensitive wildlife habitat or potential for cultural resources. Our analysis includes both a desktop and a field review to identify the presence or absence of environmental sensitivities. 

Central to this program is going above and beyond compliance requirements in our procedures. This means flagging any sensitivities within the limits of disturbance (LOD) of our operations, plus 100 feet beyond the LOD. If an environmental receptor is identified within the LOD, we try to avoid or minimize impacts by relocating site activity or developing a plan to protect the resource, including obtaining applicable environmental permits.

 

An important part of our site assessment program is to work closely with stakeholder groups to coordinate site planning for environmental protection. This includes working with landowners and federal, state, and local governments to protect species, habitats, waterways and other sensitive areas.