Land Use & Wildlife Protection
Continental responsibly operates to reduce impacts to the land and wildlife from our operations. We limit our surface footprint by using directional and horizontal drilling technologies, drill multiple wells from a single pad where possible, and downsize our drilling sites for production operations.
Since 2015, on our North Dakota facilities with commingled production, we reduced our tank installations by approximately 70% and our vessel installations by approximately 60%. In comparison to all our facilities (commingled and non-commingled production facilities) for that time period, we reduced the total number of tanks installed by approximately 40% and the vessels by approximately 35%. This means we installed approximately 1,200 fewer tanks and 500 fewer vessels. We also install automation to monitor our equipment remotely and to shut down wells if needed. These efforts have resulted in numerous benefits by reducing our footprint, air emissions, vehicle traffic, raw materials to manufacture the equipment, and waste.
Under Continental’s environmental policy, protection of wildlife and protected species is a fundamental aspect of our operations. In addition to our day-to-day avoidance, minimization, and mitigation practices, Continental has participated in a number of conservation planning and work groups, including those for the lesser prairie chicken, the American burying beetle, and the Dakota skipper.
We are fully invested in species protection as evidenced by the work of our Executive Chairman, Harold Hamm, who has been a member of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Board of Directors since 2017. Since its creation in 1984, NFWF has become the nation’s largest private conservation grant-maker that works with public and private sectors to protect and restore the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants, and habitats in all U.S. states and territories. Mr. Hamm actively participates in NFWF board meetings and Continental staff participate in NFWF committee meetings.