2016-2017 Corporate Responsibility

Biodiversity

Biodiversity plays an important role in our environmental stewardship program. We proactively incorporate measures into our development plans to conserve wildlife habitat. We employ safe and environmentally-sound energy development by preventing, minimizing or mitigating the adverse impacts of our operations on the many different species that inhabit the local ecosystem. We engage with government agencies, local communities and landowners to understand and address specific biodiversity issues in our operational areas.

American burying beetle

Since 2015, we have conducted surveys to identify the potential existence of the American Burying Beetle, prior to initiating surface disturbance activities on known beetle habitat in Oklahoma. Nearly 60,000 acres have been surveyed with slightly more than 20,000 acres identified as occupied habitat. As a result of these surveys, project plans have been adjusted to avoid the beetles’ habitat. For areas where the occupied habitat cannot be avoided, we purchase conservation credits* to offset impacts. In 2016 we purchased 2.3 credits to mitigate 1.2 acres of surface disturbance which occurred in beetle habitat.

We also conduct monitoring, based on state and federal requirements, to ensure that project designs are successful and ongoing operations continue to protect surrounding habitats. We follow these same guidelines throughout all our operating areas.

*Conservation credits are designed to compensate for biodiversity impacts associated with development and result in an overall biodiversity gain in an alternative location.

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Three Trails Reserve

After earning the Wild Habitat Council's Wildlife at Work conservation certification for our Three Trails Reserve in Utah in 2013, we have continued efforts to restore and enhance wildlife habitat at the Reserve. After recertifying the Reserve in 2017, we continued to advance removal of invasive plants like the Russian olive and tamarisk from dams, spillways and water ditches—increasing existing waterway connectivity and enhancing waterfowl habitat hydrology. Wildlife monitoring efforts, including biweekly surveys of bat boxes and osprey nests, were continued, with osprey hatchlings observed for the second year in a row. Vehicle traffic also has been reduced by restricting access to back roads.

In 2017, Newfield supported an Eagle Scout project on the Reserve with installation of 14 waterfowl nesting tubes. The nests are expected to provide habitat for mallard, canvasback and pintail ducks, and were strategically installed based on suitable habitat and pond water levels. The project reinforces our conservation vision for Three Trails Reserves while also offering an opportunity for community involvement.

Future plans for the reserve include establishing additional plant growth to attract native pollinator colonies which can contribute to overall environmental improvements, enhanced ecosystem functioning and plant biodiversity.

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Uinta Basin Hookless Cactus

We continue our long-standing tradition of protecting the Uinta Basin Hookless Cactus, a federally-listed plan species, by avoiding impact on cacti habitat in areas where the Company operates in Utah. Prior to initiating activity on any site, we survey to identify cacti habitat and then avoid contact utilizing a 300-foot buffer zone.

Page last updated on October 31, 2017