Environment, Health & Safety
In partnership with EQT Corporation, we manage and operate our assets in a manner consistent with EQT’s core values in order to protect the environment and maintain the health and safety of the public. We not only meet federal, state and local regulations that govern air emissions, wastewater discharges and mitigation practices, but often exceed them.
Mitigating Environmental Impact
As our business expands, we routinely assess the potential environmental impacts of our operations and implement best management practices to minimize these impacts. This process also provides community leaders and other interested stakeholders the opportunity to express their concerns and ask questions.
Building Relationships with Environmental Groups
To protect and enhance the environment, EQT has collaborated with the Wildlife Habitat Council, a non-profit environmental organization, to establish best management practices for our pipeline construction, designed to blend our projects naturally into the environment.
Commitment to a Safe Work Environment
We are dedicated to personal and process safety and committed to providing a safe working environment for our employees. We promote a culture of safety by recognizing excellence in safety performance while aggressively addressing opportunities for improvement. In addition to meeting or exceeding all applicable laws and regulations, the company has developed detailed procedures for the safe use of company equipment and provides extensive training to company employees regarding best practices to ensure that their work environment remains safe for themselves, their co-workers and the community at large.
Our Safety Record
We routinely inspect all of our locations for compliance with environmental and safety regulations, and our workplace safety suggests that our efforts are working. In 2015, our Lost Time Accident (LTA) rate was 0.36 incidents per every 200,000 person-hours worked, which is significantly lower than the industry average of 0.50. This was the eighth consecutive year where our LTA rate was less than 0.50. Vehicle safety continues to be an important component of our safety program. In 2015, our Preventable Vehicle Accident (PVA) rate was 0.94.
There are more than two million miles of pipelines in America. EQT has a strong record of pipeline safety. We are continually building new, more technologically advanced pipelines that offer improved safety features. We also constantly monitor our pipeline system, looking for any possible problems. Our team prepares and trains for natural disasters and emergencies, working in conjunction with area first responders and even Homeland Security. And finally, we maintain clear rights-of-way above many of our underground pipelines for safety reasons so that we can have unlimited access for routine maintenance and in times of emergencies.