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 provides a financial benefit to our shareholders and a positive impact on our communities. Our operations generate economic development through job creation, capital investment, tax payments to municipalities and payments to our royalty and surface owners. In the last fouryears (2016 to 2020), we have paid more than $800 million in taxes. These funds helped facilitate infrastructure projects, education and safety services.
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. Given their limited resources, it is especially important for these departments to know what to expect in an emergency and to have knowledge of oilfield incident response. Chesapeake has a first responder outreach program to educate emergency responders on the lifecycle of a well and what they might expect should an incident occur.
We believe that being a responsible operator means giving back. We strive to create sustainable beneficial impacts by partnering with communities and investing in projects that align with our local needs and business priorities. We accomplish this in a number of ways:
With operations focused on discovering and developing our resource base of unconventional oil and natural gas assets onshore in the United States, Chesapeake adheres to Federal laws with respect to human rights, including laws prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, workplace harassment and violence. Our policies regarding human rights are further reflected in our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics which details responsibilities that all Chesapeake employees share and take accountability for. We are committed to conducting business in a way that reflects our core values, and we will continue to operate responsively to earn the trust and respect of our colleagues, shareholders, business partners, governments and communities.