Environmental & Climate Policy
- We are responsible stewards and partners of the environment. As we work to safely deliver energy to our communities, addressing climate-related risk is a high priority. Through our innovative processes and use of modern technology, we not only efficiently develop energy resources but we minimize our environmental impact and look to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere. We continue to manage GHG emissions in our operations and to integrate climate change-related activities into our business operations.
- As an environmental leader, we conduct our business in a manner that complies with environmental laws and regulations at federal, state, and local levels. We also adhere to our own high standards of safety and environmental responsibility, creating long-term sustainability, value, and success. Hilcorp is committed to developing oil and gas resources in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner.
In every operation we focus on the safety and protection of the environment. Our people are committed to using best practices in an effort to prevent, reduce, and mitigate environmental impacts of our activities. This dedication to responsible and sustainable operations provides Hilcorp with a competitive advantage.
- At the Hilcorp operated West Ranch facility, the Petro Nova project is the first of its kind to recapture a coal plant’s emissions and extract carbon dioxide for commercial use in the U.S. The retrofit to one of the plant’s found existing coal units strips about 90% of the CO2 from a portion of the unit’s flue gasses and is the largest carbon capture system fitted to a coal plant in the world.
- Hilcorp has invested in an innovative and customized compliance monitoring and reporting system that will transform our manual data-entry procedures into an automated platform. We will be able to receive data directly from the field and provide real-time monitoring and reporting against all federal and state air quality permits and regulations. Additionally, we will be able to track and check any compliance requirements from a customizable portal and provide graphical representations of the status of all Hilcorp facilities.
- Hilcorp focuses on emission reduction opportunities at our older facilities that are outfitted with emissions control technology that exceed state and federal air permitting requirements. To date, we have reduced 30.8 tons of annual emissions as part of this program alone.
- Across the country, Hilcorp is a member of organizations that provide us with response assets, training, exercise support, technical expertise, and assistance in managing regulatory compliance. All are certified by the U.S. Coast Guard to provide oil spill response personnel and equipment in support of Hilcorp’s operations. For example:
- Cook Inlet Spill Response, Inc. and the Alaska Clean Seas, covering our southern and northern operating areas respectively.
- The Clean Gulf Associates, which supports our Gulf Coast assets.
- Our drilling operations utilize closed loop fluid systems, which allow drilling fluids to be recycled and minimize waste. As a result, we prevent impacts to the soil and groundwater.
- Integrating unmanned aerial systems (UAS) as part of Hilcorp’s operations have proven to be operationally effective. They are safer and more efficient in accomplishing many tasks, such as facility inspections, monitoring pipelines, observing protected species, immediate and precision leak detection and location, and spill response. Hilcorp has dedicated, certified drone pilots located at key facilities using UAS to carry out these vary tasks.
- Hilcorp maintains spill prevention and response plans to comply with requirements in federal and state statutes and regulations, including the Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plans, which are required under state regulations and are the most comprehensive response plans.
These plans are used as a foundation for the federal response plans required by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), EPA, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Currently, Hilcorp maintains four plans – production and exploration in the Cook Inlet; production in the Alaska North Slope; and operations by our midstream affiliate, Harvest Alaska.
- Hilcorp also maintains Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures Plans. They cover individual facilities and address spill prevention measures based on geography, proximity to water, facility engineering, and passive and active prevention measures.
- Wildlife can come in contact with our areas of operation and it is our duty to protect the wildlife surrounding our facilities.
- In 2016, Hilcorp made national news regarding the vigorous steps we took to protect a pregnant polar bear after our employees discovered the maternity den on the causeway to one of our locations in the Alaska North Slope.
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Promptly, we reported the sighting to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and welcomed scientists and conservationists, including the Polar Bear International advocacy group to study the site using remote camera systems. Hilcorp canceled two operations, closed the road, and sent a slope-wide compliance bulletin in order to prevent any disturbances to the den. The mother and cubs emerged from the den peacefully.
- Hilcorp annually performs aerial forward-looking infra-red (FLIR) overflights of the Alaska North Slope to identify potential polar bear den locations so that we can prevent disturbances. Additionally, all Hilcorp employees and contractors in the North Slope take a polar bear awareness training class to ensure they understand how to keep the bears and themselves safe.
- Hilcorp has put into place a set of rigorous measures to avoid disturbing basking seals and seals birthing lairs on the sea ice near one of our Alaska North Slope operations. All employees and contractors at this location take a seal disturbance mitigation training class annually to understand better how to keep these ice seals safe and undisturbed.
- Each year, Hilcorp operates with the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska and partners with the Federal Land Manager of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in preparing and executing an Invasive Plant Management plan. This plan includes eradication, prevention, and education and outreach.
- Hilcorp annually partners with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries department for their “Belugas Count!” event. We provide supplies, man observation stations, and participate in the public outreach and education of the event at the Alaska Zoo.
- Recognized with the Chairman’s Stewardship Award for Environmental Partnership by the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission in 2018.
- Received the 2017 Honorable Mention for the Chairman’s Stewardship Award for Environmental Partnership by the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission.
- Nominated by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for the Regional Director’s Excellence Award.