Anadarko strives to communicate and work with indigenous populations in a respectful and culturally sensitive manner. We support informed and non-coercive negotiations among ourselves, our investors and communities, including any indigenous populations, prior to the construction and development of our operations.
Utah – U.S. Native Americans
In Utah, Anadarko operates roughly 500 producing wells with associated facilities located on Ute Indian Tribal surface lands. Our business practice is to go above and beyond what the tribe requires in an effort to build a long-lasting and trusting relationship.
- We work diligently with the tribe to maintain the appropriate access permits and business licenses to ensure that we protect tribal surface rights.
- We have developed a partnership with the tribe and they currently own a working interest in one of our large processing plants.
- We meet on a regular basis with individual members of the tribe, the Ute Tribe Business Council and various tribal departments to foster continuous and transparent open communication.
- We actively support various Ute tribe community traditions and projects, such as their Pow Wow and road clean-ups.
- We led the development and implementation of a program at the local technical college to support tribal members education and potential employment in the oil and natural gas industry.
- We fully support the tribe’s preferential employment rights ordinance for tribal members and Indian-owned businesses.
New Zealand – Maori iwi
In New Zealand, Maori are the indigenous people or “tangata whenua” of New Zealand (literally, “people of the land”). The Maori are of Polynesian descent, closely related to the indigenous peoples of Hawaii, Tahiti, Tonga, Samoa and other Pacific islands, and are believed to have arrived in New Zealand in about the 13th century.
Engagement and consultation with local Maori tribal groups, or “iwi,” is vital to the success of any commercial activity on any scale. Since arriving in New Zealand in 2008, Anadarko has worked to build and maintain sincere, two-way relationships with iwi in the areas where we seek to operate.
While our exploration activities are focused many miles offshore and expected to have little or no direct impact in respect to broad areas of concern to Maori, we recognize the special relationship Maori have with the sea and its resources. Fundamentally, Maori identify themselves closely through connections with their physical environment, and we continue to converse transparently with the Maori regarding our commitment to protecting the environment and our Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) practices.