Protecting species and habitats from the potential effects of our operations is an important priority.
We always consider threatened and endangered species and habitats in the areas where we operate, and in some operating areas we conduct biodiversity assessments as part of our predevelopment planning processes.
Apache has participated in a collaborative conservation effort to protect the population and habitat of the lesser prairie chicken, a species of prairie grouse endemic to the southern high plains of the U.S. As part of this effort, which was initiated to help prevent the species from having to be listed as threatened or endangered, Apache enrolled nearly 1 million acres in conservation plans and paid fees to help landowners conduct conservation efforts on their own properties.
In the marine environments where we operate, we are using careful location-specific management programs that incorporate the latest technology and tools to assess, mitigate and minimize the potential impacts of seismic operations on marine ecosystems. In Suriname, where we have exploration activities, every drilling ship will have a certified protected species officer on board with the dedicated responsibility of looking out for whales, turtles and other sensitive marine species in the drilling area when seismic activities are occurring. So far, more than 10,000 square kilometers of exploratory marine seismic survey has been conducted in our offshore Suriname exploration activities with no observed impact to marine wildlife.