Press Release Announcing the New Center for Sustainable Shale Development Performance
The new Center for Sustainable Shale Development is a collective of both drilling companies and environmentalist groups. They have proposed a new standards certification program. This press release introduces the new group, provides the background for how the group was formed, and the mission/aims for the group.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Press Release Announcing the New Center for Sustainable Shale Development Performance
Center Formed to Provide to Shale Gas Producers Independent Certification of Performance Standards Organization’s Participants Include Environmental Organizations, Philanthropic Foundations, and Energy CompaniesPITTSBURGH, Pa., March 20, 2013 – A group of leading environmental organizations, philanthropicfoundations, and energy companies have collaborated to form a unique center to provide producerswith certification of performance standards for shale development. The Center for Sustainable ShaleDevelopment (CSSD)has established 15 initial performance standards designed to ensure safe andenvironmentally responsible development of the Appalachian Basin’s abundant shale gas resources.These standards will form the foundation of the CSSD’s independent, third-party certification process.“CSSD is the result of an unprecedented effort that brought together a group of stakeholders withdiverse perspectives, working to create responsible performance standards and a rigorous, third-partyevaluation process for shale gas operations,” said Robert Vagt, president of The Heinz Endowments.“This process has demonstrated for us that industry and environmental organizations, working together,can identify shared values and find common ground on standards that are environmentally protective.”CSSD’s founding participants are: Chevron Clean Air Task Force CONSOL Energy Environmental Defense Fund EQT Corporation Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) Heinz Endowments Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) Pennsylvania Environmental Council Shell William Penn Foundation 1
Technical support has been provided by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, ICF International, andthe law firm of Eckert SeamansCherin&Mellott.“While shale development has been controversial, everyone agrees that, when done, producers mustminimize environmental risk,” said Armond Cohen, Executive Director, Clean Air Task Force. “Thesestandards are the state of the art on how to accomplish that goal, so we believe all Appalachian shaleproducers should join CSSD, and the standards should also serve as a model for national policy andpractice.”Through discussions over the past two years, CSSD participants established a shared vision ofperformance and environmental risk minimization for natural gas development in the Appalachianregion. The group’s participants have worked to adopt a set of progressive and rigorous performancestandards based on today’s understanding of the risks associated with natural gas development and thetechnological capacity to minimize those risks.“CSSD is focusing on the establishment of standards that will initially address the protection of air andwater quality and climate, and will be expanded to include other performance standards such as safety,”said Nicholas J. DeIuliis, President, CONSOL Energy. “Fundamentally, the aim is for these standards torepresent excellence in performance.”Companies can begin seeking certification in these areas later this year.CSSD also plans to develop programs to share bestpractices.“Raising the bar on performance and committing to public, rigorous and verifiable standardsdemonstrates our companies’ determination to develop this resource safely and responsibly,” saidBruce Niemeyer, President of Chevron Appalachia. “Throughout the development of CSSD, thecollaborative effort of environmental organizations, foundations and energy companies has been thekey to achieving consensus on regional performance standards.”“This initiative is an important complement to strong regulatory frameworks. It’s also a model of theregional collaborations recommended by the Shale Gas Production Subcommittee of the U.S. Secretary 2
of Energy’s Advisory Board to help drive a process of continuous improvement,” said Jared Cohon,President of Carnegie Mellon University and a member of CSSD’s Board of Directors.“While the potential economic and environmental benefits of shale gas are substantial, the publicexpects transparency, accountability and a fundamental commitment to environmental safety and theprotection of human health from the companies operating throughout the region. CSSD is a sound steptoward assuring the public that shale development is being done to the requisite standards ofexcellence,” said Paul O’Neill, former Secretary of the Treasury and retired Chairman of Pittsburgh-based Alcoa and a member of CSSD’s Board of Directors.Members of CSSD’s Board of Directors are: Armond Cohen, Executive Director, Clean Air Task Force; Jared Cohon, President of Carnegie Mellon University; Nicholas Deluliis, President of CONSOL Energy; Paul Goodfellow, Vice President, U.S. Unconventionals, Shell; Paul King, President, Pennsylvania Environmental Council; Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund; Jane Long, Principal Associate Director/Fellow, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (retired); Bruce Niemeyer, President, Chevron Appalachia; Paul O’Neill, former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department and former CEO of Alcoa; David Porges, President and CEO of EQT Corporation; Robert Vagt, President, The Heinz Endowments; and Christine Todd Whitman, former Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and former Governor of New Jersey.AboutCenter for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD)Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, CSSD is an independent organization whose mission is to supportcontinuous improvement and innovative practices through performance standards and third-partycertification. Focused on shale development in the Appalachian Basin, the Center provides a forum for adiverse group of stakeholders to share expertise with the common objective of developing solutions andserving as the center of excellence for shale gas development. 3
Funded by philanthropic foundations and participating energy companies, CSSD is intended to promotecollaborative efforts by industry and its stakeholders called for by the Shale Gas ProductionSubcommittee of the U.S. Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board. ### 4