Manage Land Footprint
We apply technology and design facilities to reduce our land impact and work diligently to restore former production sites in an environmentally responsible manner.
The use of horizontal and directional well drilling technologies allows us to access resources deep underground with less disturbance to land. We also strive to drill multiple wells from a single drilling pad. This reduces the equipment, roadways and pipelines needed to complete a project. In the Eagle Ford area of Texas, we routinely place up to five wells on a single well pad that occupies only 12 acres of land, roughly half the acreage traditionally required for separate well pads. “Drilling multiple wells from one pad also minimizes the amount of time we are actively developing an area because we don’t have to move the drilling rig,” says J.D. Adkins, a regional director in the Eagle Ford area.
In addition, we work closely with land owners and government authorities to manage our operations in a way that protects wildlife and ecosystems. Our planning processes incorporate studies on local wildlife and natural resources to identify potential impacts from our operations. We use the data to make necessary modifications, such as locating well pads and facilities outside nesting habitats, adhering to timing restrictions and reclaiming land by planting vegetation that provides forage for animals and birds. Reseeding with native plants during our land restoration work gives us the opportunity to make a positive change that will improve the landscape for generations to come.
Partnering with state government and industry peers over the past four years, ConocoPhillips has helped lead an unprecedented voluntary conservation effort to protect the habitat of the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard on federal lands in Texas and New Mexico. As a result, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined in June 2012 that the lizard does not need protection under the Endangered Species Act. "The voluntary conservation efforts of Texas and New Mexico oil and gas operators, private landowners and other stakeholders show that we don't have to choose between energy development and the protection of our land and wildlife. We can do both," said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar when he announced the decision.