Chevron Appalachia LLC has become the first company to pass a certification process for environmental practices set up by the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale Development.
To win the certification, the company had to meet 15 performance criteria relating to its air and water practices. The criteria reflect leading industry practices in the Appalachian Basin, according to the center.
“The awarding of certification recognizes hundreds of hours of diligent and careful work on the part of many at Chevron, but also, countless others from environmental organizations, philanthropic foundations and other energy companies who dedicated so much to define a process for setting and verifying voluntary and uncompromisingly high performance expectations in shale gas development,” said Susan LeGros, the center’s president and executive director, in a press release.
“This achievement is a beginning, not only for this company, but also in the larger effort to demonstrate that through collaboration, a strong commitment to prudent and responsible practices, and a long-term view of environmental stewardship, we can build on what we have begun with the inception of CSSD.”
Chevron (NYSE: CVX) applied for certification in April 2014 and underwent an independent review conducted by auditor Bureau Veritas, which works under contract with the center.
“While the Center’s standards are not intended to replace existing regulation, our focus is to identify environmental stewardship areas where we can define standards that meet or exceed regulation, and to ensure that companies that qualify for certification continue to maintain these standards,” LeGros said.