Our EHS Philosophy sets the expectation that we will achieve excellence while we’re working to protect our ecosystem. Protocols such as pre-construction environmental clearance guide our stewardship and regulatory-compliance efforts.
Devon operates in prairies, grasslands and deserts, working with various stakeholders including public and private landowners. The industrial processes we use to produce oil and natural gas begin and end at ground level. We take great care to be good stewards of the land, wildlife and habitat and we seek to minimize the surface disturbance we make.
Devon has integrated biodiversity management into our process for selecting the placement of our well pads. A pre-construction environmental assessment form is a tool we use throughout our operating areas. Once the future location of a well pad is staked, this environmental assessment is used to evaluate the potential environmental impact in that area.
Potential impacts that are considered during this assessment include the proximity to waters of the U.S., potential impact on protected species or critical habitats, proximity to any public receptors, location of nearby floodplains, potential for sediment discharge to a waterbody, evidence of pre-existing contamination and potential impact to any environmentally sensitive receptors.
Performing and evaluating the results of this assessment prior to the construction of the well pad allows for our teams to determine if there are environmental concerns and to adjust accordingly.
Conservation and biodiversity projects
Our effort to protect the environment involves partners, including our neighbors, industry groups and state and federal agencies such as the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Our perspectives are diverse, yet we all share an interest in preserving our shared landscapes for future generations.
Devon has partnered with the Wyoming Conservation Corps (WCC) since 2007 to involve youth in conservation around the state. Each year, WCC students complete a 10-day project of habitat restoration and related land-stewardship activities. Devon employees join the students for a day to share insights about the oil and gas industry and host a visit to active operations. In 2019, we celebrated our 12th year of partnership. Our WCC projects create lasting benefits for public lands in Wyoming, while informing the students about energy production, environmental stewardship and land management.
In west Texas and southeast New Mexico, Devon served as an industry leader in conserving Dunes Sagebrush Lizard habitat. Our work with the BLM and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service produced public-private conservation agreements requiring companies to avoid certain areas and reclaim lizard habitat that may have been affected by oilfield activities in the past.
To earn and maintain the trust of our stakeholders, Devon will continue to collaborate with partners to preserve the landscape and protect wildlife habitat in areas surrounding our operations.