A collaborative effort between shale gas producers and nonprofits aimed at encouraging drilling policies that protect land, air and water has issued certifications to its fourth industry partner.
Downtown-based EQT Corp. received the Center for Sustainable Shale Development’s approval after undergoing an outside review of its environmental policies and practices, the group said Monday. The certification process, which is voluntary, involves an evaluation based on 15 standards that the center wrote.
EQT joins fellow founding partners Chevron, Consol Energy and Royal Dutch Shell in receiving the certification. The center said those other companies recently completed audits of their operations showing they remain in compliance with standards.
“EQT’s certification, and the other operators who have qualified for certification and continue to maintain conformance to CSSD’s standards, reinforces the importance and value of responsible voluntary actions and transparency that goes beyond simple compliance,” center director Susan LeGros said in an announcement.
The center has been looking for other producers and nonprofits to join the collaborative. In addition to the energy companies, participants include the Benedum Foundation, Clean Air Task Force, Environmental Defense Fund, the Group Against Smog and Pollution, and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.