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Southwestern Energy Earns Top Honors From West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection
SWN selected for top honors in large permit category for its site reclamation efforts
HOUSTON and WHEELING, W.Va., March 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Southwestern Energy (NYSE: SWN) received top honors from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for its reclamation work on well pad sites that were permitted in 2017-2018.
The company earned this distinction for the category recognizing an operator with more than 30 permits. This award is conferred in partnership with the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia and the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association.
(from left to right) Chris Weikle, senior manager government affairs, Southwestern Energy; James Martin, director, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection; Brett Loflin, vice president, regulatory affairs, Northeast Natural Energy; and Amy Dobkin, community relations manager, Southwestern Energy, accept an award from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection on behalf of Southwestern Energy.
Candidates for the award are selected by an independent evaluation by state regulators during site inspections. The inspectors score the reclamation work on a scale of 0-99. Southwestern Energy had the highest scores in its category.
“We are pleased to receive this recognition for our efforts to reclaim our well sites,” said Derek Cutright, senior vice president, Southwest Appalachia Division, Southwestern Energy. “Being a strong steward of the environment is a core value of how we operate and it’s deeply ingrained in our culture.”
The company has a broad range of efforts to lessen the impact of its operations on the environment, Cutright explains. These include initiatives to reduce the impact of its trucking activities by installing water lines to its production sites; investing in projects to treat acid mine drainage into rivers, and employing technology and best practices to be an industry leader in methane emissions reductions.
Southwestern Energy operates nearly 300,000 acres with multiple potential producing benches in West Virginia and manages over 400 producing wells. The company employs approximately 300 in the state with offices in Morgantown and Bethlehem, and has paid $99.7 million in total taxes and delivered more than $220 million in royalty and working interest payments to landowners.