Environmental

Climate Change
& GHG Emissions

Equitrans recognizes that climate change is one of the most critical issues facing our company and society. The effects of climate change require global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and build resiliency to impending impacts on our business. We are implementing strategic projects to reduce methane emissions and will incorporate additional projects in future years to reduce all GHG emission types.

Approach to Climate Change & Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

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The management approach and its components

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Evaluation of the management approach

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Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions

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Indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions

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Other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions

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GHG emissions intensity

305-5
Reduction of GHG emissions

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Gross global Scope 1 emissions, percentage methane, percentage covered under emissions-limiting regulations

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Equitrans recognizes that climate change is one of the most critical issues facing our company and society. The effects of climate change require global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and build resiliency to impending impacts on our business.

Methane emissions are one of Equitrans’ largest contributions to climate change. Methane is the main component of natural gas, which we process and deliver to customers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acknowledges methane has a more significant impact to climate change than carbon dioxide. We understand the implications our business has on the environment and commit to reducing our impact on the environment through strategies, policies, and procedures.

Our understanding of climate change and its implications are increasing every year. On April 22, 2021, the U.S. announced a new commitment to cutting the country’s GHG emissions up to 52% by 2030. Equitrans understands that our natural gas operations are necessary to meet our nation’s growing demand for reliable energy, and we are committed to taking the necessary steps to reduce our carbon footprint.

In comparison to other fossil fuels, natural gas has a significantly lower GHG emission rate when combusted, yet Equitrans believes a sustainable future lies in our ability to continue to do better. We work diligently to exceed regulatory requirements to reduce GHG emissions and are transparent in our emissions reporting. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and strive to achieve major reduction targets in the coming years. Equitrans hopes to achieve our targets and goals through our reduction strategies detailed throughout this report and in our Climate Policy.

Below are Equitrans’ Scope 1, 2, and 3 GHG emissions for 2019 and 2020. The Scope 1 carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide emissions increased in 2020 due to increased fuel usage when compared to 2019. While there was an increase in methane emissions associated with fuel combustion in 2020, the total Scope 1 methane emissions decreased due to fewer pipeline and compressor blowdown events, which primarily emit methane. The methane intensity was similar for 2019 and 2020. We began implementing projects in 2021 to reduce methane emissions and will incorporate projects in future years to reduce all GHG emission types.

Total Scope 1 Direct Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Metric Tons CO2e)(1)
Target
2,000,000
1,750,000
1,500,000
1,250,000
1,000,000
750,000
500,000
250,000
0

1,764,567.3

 

1,868,545.8

 
20192020

Scope 1 Direct Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Metric Tons CO2e)(1)

2019(2)

2020

Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

1,478,689.9

1,593,691.8

Methane (CH4)

276,825.3

265,640.8

Nitrous Oxide (N2O)

804.1

863.4

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC)

8,248.0

8,349.8

Total

1,764,567.3

1,868,545.8

(1) Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from owned or controlled sources. Includes emissions for 100% of the Eureka Midstream assets. Our Scope 1 emissions calculations included zero (0) values for PFCs, SF6, and NF3.

(2) The 2019 Scope 1 emissions above are now inclusive of gathering operations, additional pigging activities, metering & regulating stations, and storage fields that were not accounted for in the values published in the 2020 Corporate Sustainability Report.

 

Total Scope 2 Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Metric Tons CO2e)(3)
Target
20,000
17,500
15,000
12,500
10,000
7,000
5,000
2,500
0

16,342.9

 

17,713.9

 
20192020

Scope 2 Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Metric Tons CO2e)(3)

2019(4)

2020

Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

16,244.4

17,596.6

Methane (CH4)

42.1

49.4

Nitrous Oxide (N2O)

56.4

67.9

Total

16,342.9

17,713.9

(3) Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy. Includes emissions for 100% of the Eureka Midstream assets. Our Scope 2 emissions calculations included zero (0) values for HFCs, PFCs, SF6, and NF3.

(4) The 2019 Scope 2 emissions values were revised after the publishing of the 2020 Corporate Sustainability Report. The values above reflect the corrected emissions.

 

Scope 3 Other Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Metric Tons CO2e)(5)
Target
225,000,000
200,000,000
175,000,000
150,000,000
125,000,000
100,000,000
75,000,000
50,000,000
25,000,000
0

185,513,433.8

 

213,436,783.2

 
20192020

Scope 3 Other Indirect Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Metric Tons CO2e)(5)

2019(6)

2020

Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

185,258,061.0

213,152,739.8

Methane (CH4)

97,761.5

112,481.7

Nitrous Oxide (N2O)

92,524.3

106,455.9

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC)

65,087.0

65,105.8

Total

185,513,433.8

213,436,783.2

(5) Scope 3 emissions are other indirect emissions that occur in the value chain. Our Scope 3 GHG emissions assume all gas delivered by Equitrans is combusted. Our data does not account for gas from Equitrans’ gathering systems which may also flow through an Equitrans transmission system, which may be double counted. Our Scope 3 emissions calculations included zero (0) values for PFCs, SF6, and NF3.

(6) The 2019 Scope 3 emissions values were revised after the publishing of the 2020 Corporate Sustainability Report. The values above reflect the corrected emissions.

 

Methane Emissions (metric tons)*
Target
10,000
9,000
8,000
7,000
6,000
5,000
4,000
3,000
2,000
1,000
0

9,886.6

 

9,487.2

 
20192020
Methane Intensity Rate (tons/MMscf)*
Target
0.0035
0.0030
0.0025
0.0020
0.0015
0.0010
0.0005
0

0.0029

 

0.0024

 
20192020

*Includes 100% of the Eureka Midstream assets. The 2019 Scope 1 emissions values were revised after the publishing of the 2020 Corporate Sustainability Report. The values above reflect the corrected emissions.
 

Current Regulatory Requirements

The federal New Source Performance Standard, 40 CFR 60 Subpart OOOOa, or Quad Oa, is currently the only federal oil & gas specific regulation relevant to our operations. Quad Oa was the first regulation to monitor GHG emissions.

Quad Oa affects Equitrans’ reciprocating compressors, pneumatic controllers, storage vessels, and fugitive emission components at compression stations. Every applicable Equitrans operation complies with Quad Oa in 2020. Additionally, we have expanded our leak detection program in some areas that would otherwise not be subject to a leak detection requirement.

The EPA mandates companies to report GHG emissions for each facility that emits 25,000 metric tons or more of CO2e each year. To satisfy this federal requirement, an annual report is submitted on facility-wide GHG emissions, which must be calculated following the EPA’s reporting rules detailed in 40 CFR 98 Subpart W. Equitrans identifies and reports emissions to the EPA for all of its facilities that emit 25,000 metric tons or more of CO2e. Excluding Quad Oa, none of Equitrans’ GHG emissions are under emissions-limiting regulations.

State regulatory requirements regarding methane emissions are included in air permits from environmental agencies. Methane and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are present in natural gas. The Clean Air Act governs and controls VOCs, and subsequently methane.

The state of Pennsylvania regulates compressor stations located in the state and requires a Pennsylvania General Permit (GP-5) for certain facilities. The GP-5 includes methane requirements and applies to compressor stations, processing plants, and transmission stations. Equitrans currently has twenty GP-5 permits.

Ohio and West Virginia mandate methane emissions, in addition to criteria air pollutants, to be reported to their respective state environmental agencies.

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies

Equitrans constantly looks for ways to lower our GHG emissions from our assets. We partner with groups which strive to limit emissions such as the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America’s Methane Commitment and the American Petroleum Institute’s Environmental Partnership. Another group Equitrans takes part in is the ONE Future Coalition. The ONE Future Coalition is a group of natural gas companies whose aim is to reduce methane emissions intensity to one percent throughout a company’s value chain by 2025.

ONE Future Efforts – Equitrans’ Intensity Calculation by Segment*
Gathering and Boosting
Target
0.0200
0.0175
0.0150
0.0125
0.0100
0.0075
0.0050
0.0025
0

0.017%

 

0.014%

 
20192020
Transmission
Target
0.0200
0.0175
0.0150
0.0125
0.0100
0.0075
0.0050
0.0025
0

0.012%

 

0.011%

 
20192020
All Moving Activities
Target
0.0200
0.0175
0.0150
0.0125
0.0100
0.0075
0.0050
0.0025
0

0.015%

 

0.013%

 
20192020

*Includes 100% of the Eureka Midstream assets.

One of the main ways Equitrans reduces GHG emissions is through our Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) team. The team looks for natural gas leaks using an infrared camera and, when found, acts quickly to repair any leaking components or areas. Equitrans documents all leaks and checks each repaired leak to ensure our pipeline integrity.

Equitrans routinely schedules blowdowns or venting of accumulated gas not suitable for production. Before venting excess gas into the atmosphere, where possible, Equitrans first recycles the discharge gas at our compressor stations. To recycle the gas safely, Equitrans utilizes suction pressure. The pressure of suction is less than pipeline pressures, ensuring the discharge gas moves into compressors, rather than the atmosphere.

New compressor stations prevent natural gas from emitting into the atmosphere through pneumatic controllers that operate with instrument air systems rather than natural gas, to further limit GHG emissions. Older pneumatic controllers can bleed over six standard cubic feet of methane per hour. Equitrans proactively replaces old pneumatic controllers with newer, lower-emitting controllers to limit excess emissions.

Equitrans also practices “work stacking” as a method to reduce emissions by limiting the number of required station shutdowns. This process is the “stacking” of maintenance and outage activities that would typically require multiple blowdowns but are planned and executed concurrently to reduce the number of shutdowns.

Another method Equitrans utilizes to reduce emissions is hot tapping. This is the process of connecting new pipelines to pressurized pipelines while allowing gas to continue to flow during the procedure. Hot tapping allows gas to remain within the pipe, eliminating the need for the pipeline to be blown down and vent emissions to the atmosphere.

Evaluating Our Emissions Performance

We strive to limit GHG emissions. Over the years, Equitrans continues to decrease our environmental footprint through updating equipment, employing best practices, and ensuring our equipment remains above industry standard. Equitrans takes part in multiple sector associations dedicated to lowering Company emissions and bettering our environmental footprint.

In 2020, Equitrans continued our climate change journey by developing our baseline GHG emissions based on 2019 actual operations. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol was used to determine the baseline scope 1, 2, and 3 GHG emissions within our operational boundary. Going forward, this baseline will be used as the starting point to measure against any future emission reduction targets. While this was an important first step for our climate aspirations, we understand there will be changes to the baseline and will make any updates following the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. The graphic below displays a breakdown of the 2019 baseline by equipment and emission type.

Emission Breakdown by Equipment Source* (metric tons/year)
Blowdowns
2,995.40
Pneumatics
2,313.87
Pipeline Leaks
2,128.60
Dehydrators
720.74
Compressor Venting
690.67
Meter & Regulating Stations
339.66
Tanks
285.72
Fugitives
165.46
Storage
140.58
Pigging
80.12
Engines
23.8
Heaters/Reboilers
1.1
Office Natural Gas
0.36
Water
0.29
Fleet Vehicle Fuel Combustion
0.24

*Includes 100% of the Eureka Midstream assets.

Having established our baseline, we are formulating options to reduce GHG emissions. Equitrans is currently working to exceed our climate aspirations of a 50% reduction in methane emission by 2030 and a 50% reduction in total GHG emissions by 2040. We are analyzing multiple options, including equipment replacement, operational changes, and technological innovations, to decrease our emissions. Equitrans is constantly evaluating its operations by identifying potential emission points to implement new and improved standard operating procedures and designs resulting in GHG mitigation. We have formed an internal multi-disciplinary Greenhouse Gas Committee to identify cost-effective methods to reduce methane emissions and emissions of other co-benefit pollutants. The Committee is also working to improve emissions-related data to better identify target areas for emissions reductions and to drive future reduction actions.

Equitrans is preparing to turn our climate aspirations into specific emission reduction commitments during the second half of 2021. We will continue to be transparent about our climate journey and will publicly announce these commitments and proposed steps to meet these commitments. Further, once the emission reduction commitments are announced, we will regularly report our emissions to track against the reduction targets. As our efforts evolve, we commit to exploring and embracing new technologies, innovative approaches, and collaborative partnerships to do our part in addressing climate change for the benefit of all. We continue to hold environmental impact as one of our top concerns, and transparently report emissions to ensure accountability and aspire to mitigate our environmental impact in order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Scope 1 & 2
Emissions Targets
50%
reduction in Methane by 2030
Climate Goal
Net 0
carbon footprint by 2050
Scope 1 & 2
Emissions Targets
50%
reduction in Total GHG by 2040
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Commitment to Global Sustainability Frameworks

Like many other companies, Equitrans considers external sustainability guidance in determining the best management practices and methods for communicating information to our stakeholders. Last year, we incorporated the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standard and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Standards in our 2020 Corporate Sustainability Report. Since then, we have also committed to the inclusion of two additional frameworks as part of our management and reporting practices.

In 2021, we will submit our first CDP Climate Change response to provide additional transparency about our climate governance, strategy, risks, and opportunities. Providing this information to our investors, customers, and other stakeholders demonstrates our focus on mitigating our climate impact and preparing for the transition to a lower-carbon economy. Once published, a full copy of our CDP Climate Change response can be accessed on the Sustainability pages of our website.

Additionally, our recently released Stakeholder Engagement and Community Investment Policy signified our intention to operate in the spirit of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the near term, we intend to focus on the seven SDGs listed below, which we believe are most aligned with our business and operational footprint. We will continue to evaluate opportunities to focus on additional, relevant SDGs in the future.

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Physical Security of Our Operations

The safety and security of our employees, our contractors and vendors, and our communities is of primary importance to Equitrans. Our security personnel work to be well-prepared to manage disruptive incidents and with safety as our top priority—above all else.

Since 2019, there has been a notable increase in opposition related to the fossil fuel industry. In response, in 2020 we launched a new training for all employees on what to do in the face of protests, sabotage, and vandalism. Individuals are directed to prioritize their safety and that of their co-workers, including contractors, and to report incidents and obtain help, including by calling Police, Fire, or EMS, as required. In addition, certain of our security guards received additional training on appropriate opposition response, such as legal requirements for the usage of body cameras; and the role law enforcement plays, if needed, in a response. We consistently evaluate opportunities to provide additional trainings as appropriate.  

Vigilance and proactive measures are critical to our maintaining security. We ask employees to pay attention to suspicious persons or vehicles, be mindful of broken locks or gates and the appearance of equipment that may have been tampered with or damaged, and to always remain vigilant about their surroundings. As a result of our safety trainings, we have increased our equipment inspections and continue to improve the overall safety of our assets and facilities.

As an example, a potential opposition incident occurred in October 2020 at a facility in Pennsylvania. At the end of the workday, staff leaving the facility observed several fully masked persons on the access road to the facility, and the group’s vehicles were observed to have out-of-state license plates. In recent years, there has been a trend regarding opposition groups—with observations noting that several site protests and/or equipment tampering incidents are being orchestrated by persons outside of the local communities.

In response to this incident, Equitrans security notified operations leadership and dispatched guards to provide fixed and roving patrol coverage of the facility. The Pennsylvania State Police were also notified and patrolled the area for additional support. It is also standard practice to share information regarding possible threats—and Equitrans released a message to the Marcellus Security Operators Coalition, a working group representing the physical security teams of member companies in the area. As a result of our security training and preparedness approach, no people were harmed, no equipment was damaged, and no further actions ensued from the potential threat incident.

To view security information, please visit: Security & Cybersecurity.

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Protecting Endangered Species

The United States has the highest biodiversity of freshwater mussels in the world and is home to more than 300 species of mussels. The aquatic organisms benefit their ecosystem through filtering water. As sedimentation, pollution, and climate change increase, the United State Fish & Wildlife Services (USFWS) has noticed a severe drop in mussels. Approximately 70 percent of American mussels are extinct or at risk of becoming extinct and 78 species are classified as federally endangered.

The linear nature of pipelines sometimes requires the crossing of aquatic resources, and Equitrans is mindful of the impact our projects could have on various sites and species and seeks to utilize additional precautionary measures to mitigate potential aquatic impacts. Certain of Equitrans’ pipeline assets in Pennsylvania and West Virginia are located in an area known for its abundance of mussels.

We are committed to working to preserve our nation’s mussel population and we take extra precautions in respect of freshwater systems near our operations. For example, prior to construction of one of our pipeline assets in Monongalia County, West Virginia, we reached out to the USFWS and discussed the procedures and additional precautions necessary to ensure our pipeline project would not affect mussel habitat in a particular locale. At relevant crossing locations along the pipeline route, Equitrans enlisted qualified malacologists to conduct mussel surveys. Immediately following the surveys, mussels were relocated to suitable habitat locations upstream. We also trained our employees on aquatic safety and the value of mussels to the area. Our efforts helped to preserve approximately 41 protected mussels in the area.

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Supporting the Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe

Strong community engagement is the cornerstone of Equitrans’ social license to operate. We recognize the importance of empowering the communities we serve and giving back to the populations with whom we are fortunate to connect with through our work. And we are not limiting our stakeholder engagement efforts to only our local communities – instead, we reach beyond our local footprint to identify opportunities to engage with additional cultural, historical, and environmental organizations.

As part of our ongoing commitment to community engagement, and in alignment with Equitrans’ Inclusion Program, we identified an opportunity to support the Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe. The Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe is located in King William County, Virginia, and boasts a strong history of caring for its local population.

“I and the citizens of the Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe are ecstatic to finally have a piece of property along the banks of the Mattaponi River, a river that made it possible for us to survive for thousands of years by offering bountiful fish and wildlife to feed our forefathers for so many generations,” said W.Frank Adams, Chief, Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe. “It has been at least two hundred years since the tribe has owned property along our beloved river and I want to thank Equitrans for helping to make this dream come true.”

Chief Adams continued,“We have a lot of ideas and plans for this property, including a nice escape for our tribal citizens, as well as being able to offer a sacred place for some of our tribal rituals. Our long-term goal is to establish a kayak launch and cabins along this section of the river to provide our citizens a place to connect with the river that was our namesake.”

Equitrans provided support for the Tribe’s ongoing social programs and environmental resource preservation, which efforts promote the health and strength of the community. Through our relationship, Equitrans hopes to be a trusted community partner and to support the Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe’s continued well-being. We look forward to further developing similar types of important partnerships and connections in the future.

For more information on the Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe, please visit: The Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe.

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Emergency Response & Preparedness

In early December 2020, a dehydration unit ignited in the early morning hours at the Equitrans Callisto Compressor Station, a natural gas gathering facility located in Greene County, Pennsylvania. No injuries were reported, and, in an abundance of caution, one home was temporarily evacuated. 

Upon notification of the incident, the Equitrans Crisis Team quickly convened. Our Operations and Safety and Compliance teams, working in conjunction with the Equitrans Crisis Team, determined that the ignition occurred due to an over-pressurization of one of the station’s dehydration units. This was confirmed by a review of the scene, as well as surveillance video at the station. 

As part of our response, Equitrans technicians were immediately dispatched and, once on site, began to implement necessary safety procedures, including the closing of appropriate valves to isolate the facility. The local volunteer fire department was also on site to assist with fire safety protocols.

Equitrans’ emergency procedures and closing of valves successfully allowed the primary fire to self-extinguish and all residual flames were extinguished by the fire department. Within a short time, the unit was fully isolated and depressurized and the incident was brought under control and the station locked down. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection was notified, and, as a courtesy, local township officials and the PA PUC received notification of the incident.

Once it was safe to do so, internal and external teams conducted a root cause investigation of the incident, as well as an environmental assessment of the facility and surrounding area. Our Crisis Team, with the assistance of our Legal department, also retained an independent third-party to assist in evaluation efforts and certain equipment was shared with the relevant vendor for further analysis. 

After reviewing the internal and external analyses and understanding the cause of the incident, the Crisis Team enlisted the assistance of our Corporate Compliance and Internal Audit teams to determine what measures, if any, could be implemented to minimize the risk of similar incidents from occurring in the future. Our Corporate Compliance group completed a full investigation of the processes that led to the incident and made recommendations to Internal Audit, which allowed for the refinement of existing procedures, such as valve inspections, valve repairs, and record keeping.

For more information on Pipeline Safety & Integrity, please visit: Pipeline Safety & Integrity.

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Our Sustainability Progress During 2020

As part of our sustainability journey, we embrace the opportunity to enhance the accountability and leadership mechanisms we leverage to ensure responsible practices across our operations. To reinforce our sustainability commitment, in 2020 Equitrans appointed its first Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO), Todd Normane.

Through his work, and together with several working groups, our CSO is advancing our management practices across our business. He sets our sustainability strategy, with a special focus on climate change given that it is one of the most critical topics our world is facing. During the past year, he has led the development of policies formalizing our commitment to responsible practices. Additionally, he collaborates with subject matter experts by leading our sustainability working groups to implement our strategy. To promote transparency regarding our initiatives, our CSO collaborates with our Communications team on our annual corporate sustainability report, disclosures on our corporate website, and our CDP Climate Change response.

In line with our commitment to strong sustainability practices, Equitrans recognizes the importance of transparency and continues to improve and expand on our related disclosures. We have always taken our environmental, social, and governance practices very seriously and we work to ensure that our stakeholders have access to information regarding our sustainability efforts. Most recently, we developed our new, sustainability-focused web pages that are prominently available on Equitrans’ corporate website, with associated topics easy to locate by using our new Sustainability navigation menu.

By disclosing information through our corporate site, and linking to our annual corporate sustainability reports, we enable more stakeholders to learn about our management practices and key data points, which are reflective of our commitment to sustainability.

To view sustainability information on our corporate website, please visit: www.equitransmidstream.com.

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Safety – Above All Else

In January 2020, Equitrans’ construction personnel were tasked with excavating a pipeline asset at an Equitrans’ compressor facility that was built in the early 1900s.

Following industry-recognized best practices, a One Call was placed, and our Operations team marked the location of the underground gas lines in the area. Additionally, station drawings were examined to identify any potential underground utilities. During the line excavation process, an unidentified conduit that was supplying power for lighting was struck. The conduit separated at a coupler and exposed 110-volt wiring inside. Two spotters were present at the time of the strike and the crew was utilizing a probe rod to assist in identifying unknown objects in the area.

The event underscored the need to always remain vigilant when conducting excavation work, as well as during any type of construction or operational activity, and was a reminder that there are inherent risks in excavating older, legacy stations. For example, there is a potential for imprecise drawings and/or unknown underground utilities. Because of the implementation of our Incidents with Serious Potential (ISP) concept, we undertook a review process and evaluated procedural changes in light of the incident, even though the incident only involved the accidental striking of a conduit with 100-volt wiring and the crew was following applicable procedures and policies.

To mitigate excavation-related risk in the future, a more comprehensive process was designed and implemented for excavating in not only legacy facilities, but all Equitrans facilities. In addition to our standard One Call, drawing review, and pot-holing techniques, an extensive Simultaneous Operations (SIMOPS) procedure is now being used in conjunction with soft digging techniques to further minimize the risk of striking unidentified underground assets. This new process was the catalyst for our 2021 Instrument Air Conversion Project safety plan that is in the final stages of completion, exemplifying our commitment to Safety—above all else.

For more information on Occupational Health & Safety, please visit: Occupational Health & Safety.

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Adapting to Change During the Pandemic

In connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have proactively undertaken and continued a number of companywide measures intended to promote the safety and health of field and office-based employees and contractors. Through these measures, the Company’s operations have been able to maintain a consistent level of effectiveness. In early March 2020, we established an Infectious Disease Response Team to manage our pandemic response efforts; implemented a mandatory work-from-home protocol for a significant majority of the Company’s employees; and instituted stringent pandemic-related working protocols, including mandatory face coverings and social distancing for field operations, where feasible. We also shared our Infectious Disease Response Plan with suppliers and contractors to ensure alignment of required working protocols across our operations.

Additional Company-wide efforts included eliminating non-essential business travel; implementing self-declaration forms to further protect our workforce; providing certain medical benefit enhancements; implementing strict office and fleet vehicle sanitation measures; and offering a list of preferred items for employees’ home office set-ups. In preparation for the future, post-pandemic, we conducted a Workplace Modernization Survey in June 2020, which had an outstanding 84% participation rate. The survey asked employees to rank their workplace preferences based on a set of three “workplace personas” (anchor, flex, and remote). The results of the survey have helped us to understand how and where our employees prefer to work, which is critical for the development of a long-term plan for Equitrans’ office needs.

Since implementing our many pandemic protocols, our E-Train employees have not missed a beat in continuing to safely operate our assets and our business. We have taken steps to ensure employees are actively engaged and informed by continually providing communication updates; producing a variety of video messages by our executive team; encouraging team-building events via our technology platforms; and delivering COVID-19 care packages to employees’ homes. The Company’s Infectious Disease Response Team continues to monitor and assist in implementing mitigation efforts in respect to potential areas of disease-related risk for the Company.

To learn more about employee safety, please visit: Occupational Health & Safety.

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