Anadarko is committed to safeguarding local environments and the natural communities they support. We work with regulators, local organizations and communities to conserve native species and the habitats on which they depend.
Preserving Biodiversity in Our Communities
Pecos Watershed Initiative
Anadarko is a core member and the first contributor to the development of the Pecos Watershed Initiative, a novel conservation approach centered around the Pecos River in the northeastern section of the Chihuahuan Desert Ecoregion. Anadarko is partnering with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to improve habitat and species health, address water scarcity, improve water quality and engage local communities.
Rigs to Reefs, Gulf of Mexico
Anadarko takes pride in promoting the health of our oceans and natural communities. Former platforms and vessels that no longer have value to operations can have significant value as aquatic habitat once submerged and can in fact be considered “essential fish habitat” under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MFCMA). These artificial reefs promote fish and other aquatic habitat and act as additional means of conserving, managing and developing fisheries resources. These habitats can additionally provide recreation and tourism opportunities, such as diving and commercial fishing, for local communities. To date, Anadarko has reefed three platforms along with the recent addition of the Red Hawk cell spar – the first spar to join the program.
Greater Sage-Grouse Studies, Wyoming
Since 2008, Anadarko has been actively funding research throughout Wyoming to study energy infrastructure development and sage-grouse, a species which was recently considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and which special protections have been put in place through state and federal regulations. Research associated with our program demonstrates that science-supported mitigation can result in measureable reductions in impacts to sage-grouse and their habitat. The research findings, including research developed and published by Anadarko, played a role in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services' 2015 decision not to list the bird under the ESA. Anadarko was recognized by the University of Wyoming as Research Partner of the Year in 2015 for the company's conservation efforts for sage-grouse and wildlife.
Planning Around Sensitive Environments, Mozambique
Anadarko’s Mozambique Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project team has been working for the past five years to tailor its project layout to minimize potential impacts on local environments. Field studies conducted during the baseline phase of the Environmental Impact Assessment identified and mapped sensitive habitats for a variety of flora and fauna species, both onshore and offshore.
Using this sensitivity map as a guide, the project team reduced the distrubance of sensitive areas onshore by nearly 30 percent and identified an alternative route for the offshore pipeline corridor through a naturally degraded area. To further reduce potential impacts, the pipeline corridor through this less sensitive area was reduced by nearly 70 percent in width.
Big Game Migration, Wyoming
Few phenomena in North America are as majestic as the big game migrations seen in Wyoming. Anadarko has worked to help study these migration patterns and routes in areas we operate and tailored our operations to avoid impacts. Today, through the use of modern horizontal and directional drilling technology, we are able to reduce our distrubance of sensitive habitats by up to 70 percent.
This means we can develop Wyoming's resources with as few as one well pad per square mile – well under the state's recommended development level of no more than four well pads per square mile within migration corridors. Previous studies have found that big game change migratory patterns at density levels of five-to-seven well pads per square mile. We recognize the importance of maintaining these historic migrations, and we're doing our part to ensure migrations continue.
Lesser Prairie Chicken Population Surveys, Colorado
The lesser prairie chicken is currently under evaluation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for protection under the ESA. In April of 2014, Anadarko in partnership with the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife, began a comprehensive survey in 2014 of lesser prairie chicken habitats using two survey crews flying transects over nearly 400,000 acres. This survey aimed to determine current population status of the species in previously un-surveyed portions of the range. Although Anadarko is not currently active in the area, this survey will help guide any future development plans to ensure thoughtful siting of infrastructure within important habitats.
Uinta Basin Hookless Cactus Reclamation Studies, Utah
Located in Anadarko’s Greater Natural Buttes field, the Uinta Basin hookless cactus is a threatened species under the ESA and the focus of an ongoing project with Utah State University in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to review and understand how mitigation and reclamation practices can be developed to benefit the species. Anadarko has contributed $100,000 to this project, with an additional $300,000 contributed to further additional research relating to recovery of this species.
Avian-Friendly Power Poles, Colorado
As Anadarko expanded the use of electricity to reduce emissions at new production facilities, we considered additional efforts to protect local birds and wildlife, specifically raptors such as hawks and eagles. By drawing on expertise from other areas in which Anadarko operates, avian-friendly clearances were incorporated into the power pole design. An eagle’s size and wing span clearance is taken into account when designing the vertical separation and horizontal clearance along with the use of fused cutout covers. Lastly, Anadarko is committed to burying conductor wires whenever feasible, further removing wildlife exposure to equipment.
Gulf of Mexico Alliance
In early 2017, Anadarko entered into a partnership with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance to invest in projects that support a healthy and productive Gulf of Mexico. The Alliance invests in science-based solutions to challenges facing the Gulf community, including habitat and water resources, wildlife and fisheries, coastal resilience and education and engagement.