By David Conti
A collaborative effort between energy companies and environmental groups to audit and promote sustainable activities among shale drillers awarded its first certification.
The Downtown-based Center for Sustainable Shale Development said Thursday that Chevron Corp. met all requirements of 15 environmental standards that the center established last year. Its certification, which was evaluated by international auditing firm Bureau Veritas, is good for two years.
“This achievement is a beginning, not only for this company, but also in the larger effort to demonstrate that through collaboration, a strong commitment to prudent and responsible practices, and a long-term view of environmental stewardship, we can build on what we have begun with the inception of CSSD,” said the center’s executive director, Susan LeGros.
San Ramon, Calif.-based Chevron, the world’s ninth-largest energy company, is one of four gas exploration and production companies involved in funding and management of the center, which formed last year. It was the first company to seek certification, though officials declined to identify the company before completing the certification.