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Environmental Stewardship is a Core Value

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 16, 2018

At its core, environmentalism is about good stewardship – respecting the air, land and water as we thoughtfully put to good use the earth’s resources. Like natural gas and oil, which are vital to fulfilling modern expectations for life, health and prosperity. In our industry, environmental stewardship is a core value that professionals like Anadarko Petroleum’s Colleen Faber help advance every day.

We introduced Colleen in our 2018 State of American Energy report. She’s a health, safety and environmental supervisor, working in northeast Wyoming, where the company has had extensive natural gas operations. She ensures that landscapes where the buffalo roam and the deer and antelope play still look that way once energy development is over.

Here’s an on-location video we made with her earlier this year:

Worth underscoring is the extensive planning and research that allows the prairie, like the one where Colleen was interviewed, to continue teeming with wildlife – as well as the effort Anadarko and other natural gas and oil companies put in to include stakeholders in pre-development discussions. This is a great quote from her:

“We always need to remember that we’re guests on their land and treat it respectfully. … Our ability to actually develop responsibly and be good stewards of the land is absolutely possible, and putting that land back the way it was or better … is possible and does happen.”

More broadly, our industry’s commitment to environmental stewardship is seen in a number of ways:

Ultimately, environmental stewardship hinges on the work of trained professionals like Colleen Faber, who do what they do with a strong, personal commitment to responsible natural gas and oil development. As we mark Earth Day 2018 this Sunday, that kind of stewardship – from before development starts all the way through to reclaiming land for future generations – is part of industry’s lasting contribution. 



Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.