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Environment
and Climate

EQT strives to operate safely, protect the environment and continuously improve our practices in support of responsible natural gas production. We carefully monitor our air emissions, water, waste and energy use as well as our operational impact on biodiversity and ecosystems. Our Environment, Health and Safety Policy (shown below) outlines our internal processes and guidelines for all employees to follow to avoid harm to the environment.

In 2018, EQT joined the ONE Future Coalition, a group of natural gas companies working together to use a science-based approach to reduce methane emissions across the industry’s supply chain. We believe that such targets should be meaningful to our investors and other stakeholders and align with EQT's long-term strategy. EQT also participates in The Environmental Partnership, a group of U.S. oil and gas companies committed to improving the industry’s environmental performance, and is a founding partner of the Center for Responsible Shale Development (CRSD), a nonprofit organization consisting of environmental organizations and energy companies. The members of CRSD collaborate to develop realistic performance standards for shale development that incorporate community needs and environmental protection.

Environment, Health and Safety Policy

Safety is a top priority for our organization. EQT will provide a safe and healthful workplace for its employees and contractors and through continuous improvement, we will work to create and maintain a zero-injury culture. We will not compromise safety to gain a business advantage.

EQT also has a steadfast commitment to the protection of our environment. EQT will conduct its business operations in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner at all times – striving to preserve and protect the land, air and water where we live and do business.

The following principles will guide us toward superior Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) performance. EQT and its employees will:

  • Provide and foster leadership to ensure all employees and contractors understand their responsibilities and that all employees are provided with the training and support necessary to integrate EHS principles into their work.
  • Manage our business to prevent incidents that could result in harm to people, communities, property or the environment.
  • Seek public input regarding our operations in order to facilitate continuous improvement in our EHS performance.
  • Integrate EHS considerations into planning, design, construction and operation of all our processes, programs and facilities.
  • Optimize conservation of natural resources.
  • Commit the resources necessary for successful implementation of this EHS Policy.
  • Provide an effective EHS management system that drives innovation and continuous improvement, as well as employee and contractor adherence to EQT processes and requirements.
  • Foster business relationships with companies committed to superior EHS performance.
  • Operate in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations; and contribute to the development of responsible EHS legislation, regulation and industry best practices.

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Climate and
GHG Emissions

TOPIC DESCRIPTION

Carefully managing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including methane, from operations; promoting energy conservation; and addressing current and potential regulations related to GHG emissions and the potential impacts of the changing climate on EQT’s operations.

WHY IT MATTERS

As the effects of climate change on our planet become more apparent, the potential for regulation and the demand for lower-carbon energy sources are increasing. EQT must remain informed and proactive about climate change science. Quantifying and managing our GHG emissions not only protects the environment, it also reduces regulatory risk.

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Water

TOPIC DESCRIPTION

Minimizing water use, increasing use of recycled water and protecting local water sources.

WHY IT MATTERS

Today’s natural gas production process is sophisticated and relies on water for its innovative procedures. EQT must meet stringent regulatory safeguards to protect water resources and ensure that production activities have no significant lasting negative effects.

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Effluents
and Waste

TOPIC DESCRIPTION

Minimizing waste, including fracturing fluid, cuttings and drilling waste, spills and leakages through recycling programs and safe chemical removal; treating wastewater to preserve water quality; preventing spills and managing them when they occur.

WHY IT MATTERS

Wastewater and solid waste, such as drill mud and cuttings, are both by-products of the drilling process. Careful management of this waste, including the minimization and appropriate disposal of waste, prevents spills and protects people and the environment.

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Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health

TOPIC DESCRIPTION

Using land management systems to reduce the likelihood of land contamination and to protect soil quality, biodiversity, animal welfare and habitats, including during reclamation and decommissioning.

WHY IT MATTERS

With approximately 1.4 million gross acres of land owned or leased, land plays a huge role in EQT’s daily activities. Exploration and production activity have the potential to impact the surrounding landscape, including areas with high biodiversity value.

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Air Quality

TOPIC DESCRIPTION

Managing and minimizing air emissions (volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, etc.) across EQT’s value chain.

WHY IT MATTERS

Our operational emissions can affect local air quality in the areas where we operate. A compliant emissions program enables EQT to protect air quality and maintain a positive reputation with local communities and regulators.

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