Environmental

Pipeline Safety
& Integrity

At Equitrans, we continually work to safeguard our pipelines and protect their operational integrity. We are committed to utilizing the best environmental practices throughout all aspects of our operations, and we make every effort to meet or exceed all applicable compliance regulations. Our commitment to compliance not only makes financial sense but also serves as a key tenant of our corporate culture.

Approach to Pipeline Safety & Integrity

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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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Significant spills

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Non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations

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Number of reportable pipeline incidents, percentage significant

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Percentage of (1) natural gas and (2) hazardous liquid pipelines inspected

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At Equitrans, we continually safeguard our pipelines and their integrity. With our pipeline safety practices we have one goal in mind: protecting our employees, contractors, and local communities where we live and operate. We construct, operate, maintain, and repair our pipelines in accordance with current U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations and industry standards for safe pipeline operations, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping Systems Standard and the American Petroleum Institute’s Recommended Practices 80 for Onshore Gas Gathering Lines. We adhere to federal gas transmission pipeline integrity regulations (subpart O) and regularly complete public safety assessments like pipeline assessments, excavations, and materials testing to ensure asset integrity. These supplemental assessments, while not required by the federal government, are an integral part of our safety culture. In 2020, we proactively invested approximately $1.6 million in related pipeline safety initiatives, including inline inspections and confirmation digs, as well as more than $400,000 in corrosion prevention activities.

Through our commitment to meeting and exceeding compliance requirements, we are able to reduce the probability of a serious pipeline incident and better protect our workers and local communities. Moreover, we have developed our own detailed internal safety procedures for pipeline design, construction, operation, and maintenance. During these lifecycle phases, we proactively integrate preventive measures to enhance the safety of our employees, contractors, and community members.

Lifecycle Phases

Design

During a pipeline’s design phase, we take every opportunity to embed safety practices. This process starts with extensively evaluating the applicable local, state, and federal regulations and then adapting the design components and procedures to meet these regulations. When designing, we also ensure the pipeline and its supporting infrastructure are consistent with industry standards and best practices for asset safety, efficiency, and reliability.

The pipeline itself is not our sole focus in the design phase. It is also extremely important to optimize the pipeline’s route to avoid, wherever possible, sensitive environmental and cultural areas, as well as unnecessary impacts to local communities.

Construction

Throughout a pipeline’s construction, it is critical that we make every effort to confirm that the pipeline upholds our integrity standards and is properly constructed and installed at the onset. To do this, we inspect all activities both during construction and upon completion to verify the safety and integrity of the pipeline and to ensure proper installation procedures were utilized. One crucial aspect of this inspection process is the examination of welds to confirm their integrity before the pipeline is operational.

Lastly, before a pipeline is approved and placed into service, we extensively test it to confirm its fitness for service. We test by using regulatory-accepted integrity checks prior to the introduction of gas into the pipeline, including hydrostatic pressure tests, pipe geometry inspections (e.g., pigging) to check for dents and ovality. When applicable, cathodic protection surveys are also utilized to confirm the effectiveness of corrosion protection coatings.

Operations

Throughout the operation of a pipeline, Equitrans’ primary concern is maintaining pipeline integrity. We monitor pipelines and supporting assets while operating to detect any pipe shifts or potential disturbances. Employees in our state-of-the art Gas Control Center control, monitor, and analyze our pipelines’ natural gas flow twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The Center enables us to quickly identify and respond to any potential issues that may arise, ensuring that the issues are resolved as soon and as safely as possible.

Equitrans mitigates the risk of corrosion on a pipeline through industry standard cathodic protection system maintenance, which applies electrical current to the pipeline to inhibit corrosion on our assets. This is accomplished by installing sacrificial anodes along the pipeline route, which are designed to corrode at known rates, in lieu of the pipeline. Other corrosion prevention strategies we deploy include routine sampling to quickly identify if corrosion is occurring, as well as flow controls to limit excessive gas velocities within the pipeline, which can often contribute to corrosion of the pipe.

Our landslide management program outlines landslide inspection frequency and response time following weather-related events to help ensure that pipeline integrity concerns are discovered and addressed in a timely manner. Equitrans’ engineering team monitors rainfall data and freeze/thaw cycles in our operating areas to ensure adequate pipeline inspections are being conducted to determine impacts of known slides on our pipeline systems. Semi-annually, Equitrans conducts light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data collection on the majority of our pipeline systems to determine any new slides that may have occurred on the pipeline rights-of-way (ROW). Additionally, for any pipeline that is suspected to have been subject to movement, we perform a strain analysis and develop a monitoring plan, which may include baseline surveys, staking, and subsequent drone monitoring to track any shifting of the pipe.

Maintaining pipeline ROW is another important strategy we leverage to evaluate pipeline safety. In addition to routine, on-the-ground safety inspections, it’s important to keep the ROW open and clear to easily conduct aerial safety patrols using helicopters and drones. When our Gas Control Center or inspections teams identify a safety or maintenance concern, we act swiftly to remediate it. Our internal operations and maintenance program teams work together to promptly mitigate and resolve any issues to ensure the integrity and longevity of our operational assets.

Integrity Management

Mitigation and preparation for any potential pipeline integrity issue is vital to ensuring our pipeline operations are safe. Equitrans’ Compliance, Corrosion, and Technical Training departments and field operations team’s primary responsibilities are managing pipeline integrity. The groups evaluate and maintain standard operating policies, procedures, and pipeline construction records. The Compliance, Corrosion, and Technical Training departments and field operations team oversee the Operator Qualification Program and other relevant trainings for employees and contractors, which empower workers to identify and mitigate potential pipeline integrity risks.

Additionally, the groups utilize a formula based on pipeline characteristics to identify high-consequence areas that have a potential to affect local populations, buildings, and land near the pipeline route. The teams also utilize an industry-proven risk model to implement strategies to improve the health of the system. Equitrans’ integrity management groups also evaluate corrosion, participate in government audits, perform internal audits, and review pressure tests when applicable.

Equitrans is in the process of replacing bare steel pipelines with coated steel pipe to increase integrity and reduce incident risks. In 2020, we replaced 21,880 feet of bare steel with coated steel. Bare steel lacks a protective coating, making the steel more sensitive to environmental impacts, such as corrosion, and requires constant maintenance and assessments to ensure the pipelines remain in good working order. Coated steel has a protective outer layer which makes the pipe more durable, requires less maintenance, and is more cost effective over the long-term.

Pipeline Security

Ensuring the safety and integrity of our pipelines also requires that we stay informed of security-related risks and act diligently to reduce these risks as well as any potential dangers. We safeguard our assets through meticulous security planning and on-site strategies including fences, building locks, electronic monitoring, and consistent surveillance. For more information, see the Security and Cybersecurity section of this report. 

Slip Prevention Plan

Slips occur when land shifts from a stable to an unstable condition, which could potentially affect the integrity of our pipe. An unstable condition is caused by environmental disturbances, such as soil erosion or excessive rainfall or snowmelt, loosening the soil either underground or on top of our pipelines. Prior to commencing construction, Equitrans analyzes the proposed pipeline site with ground and aerial surveys, historic landslide mapping, and soil maps to identify landslide-prone soils – all of which help to minimize risk of slippage and environment disturbance.

Once in the operational phase, we utilize ground surveys, drones, GIS, and data analysis to monitor soil movement and identify pipeline slips. Bi-annually, our Compliance team conducts aerial surveys. Engineering teams identify areas where slip risks occur along our pipeline and notifies our Compliance and Operations teams of the risk severity. If a site is determined to have a high risk of slippage, our Engineering team will conduct on-site surveys and, when necessary, implement measures to ensure our pipelines remain stable.

Evaluating our Approach to Pipeline Safety & Integrity

Equitrans utilizes a range of risk mitigation strategies as part of our pipeline asset management operations. In addition to strict adherence to all federal regulations, we require that non-destructive tests (NDT) be performed on all pipeline welds to ensure they meet industry requirements for acceptability. On large projects, we hire NDT auditors as supplemental oversight for additional review and verification. Every welder performing work on our pipelines must hold an Equitrans welder certification to ensure welding follows our procedures and best practices. Completed pipelines are hydrostatically tested significantly above the normal operating pressure to ensure integrity of all components. Data logging software is utilized to record critical data points during testing; this information is reviewed by our engineering team to verify testing meets all specifications and requirements.

Additionally, our inspectors verify that the contractors building our pipelines have qualified workers who are following our Design and Construction Manual and other procedures. While many of our inspectors possess industry-recognized certifications for their crafts, Equitrans’ inspectors are required to complete in-house training to educate them on our specifications to ensure pipeline construction meets both our Company standards, as well as federal standards. These trainings educate inspectors on Equitrans’ best practices and required procedures for pipeline inspections. In addition to these trainings, inspectors are routinely audited in the field to ensure projects are being completed following Company and applicable regulatory requirements.

Managing Spills & Leaks

Our mitigation procedures and measurements ensure safety in the event of a pipeline spill or leak. If a pipeline spill or leak occurs, we work diligently to quickly detect its location, take action to repair it, and remediate any damages.

Our Operations and Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental (HSSE) teams, along with third parties, conduct regular inspections of our pipelines to ensure their integrity and identify any potential spills and leaks. In 2020, 44% of our natural gas pipelines were inspected. For identified areas of concern, we take immediate action to make repairs and enhancements to maintain integrity of the asset and ensure regulatory compliance.

When a spill or leak occurs, Equitrans properly disposes and reports all substances released in line with state and federal regulations. We track all spills that occur and gather data to identify any trends and long-term items of concern that could require technical solutions from our engineering team.

Unintentional Releases of Natural Gas

2019

2020

Number of Releases

51

31

Number of Reportable Releases

2

2

Percentage Reportable

4%

6%

Volume of Reportable Releases

19,900 MCF

482 MCF

*Includes 100% of the Eureka Midstream assets; excludes MVP and MVP Southgate projects.


Equitrans regularly evaluates our processes to limit spills, leaks, and releases from our operations. We look for areas of improvement and learn from past projects to better mitigate the risk of future spills or leaks. We track data for all spills, leaks, and releases at each of our stations and along all of our pipeline assets, and our Operations team reviews our data quarterly to identify patterns and implement solutions to mitigate and avoid future impacts. This process involves a proactive and regimented aerial and foot patrol program following U.S. Department of Transportation guidelines.

Managing Environmental Compliance

Equitrans commits to utilizing the best environmental practices throughout all aspects of our operations, and we make every effort to meet or exceed all applicable compliance regulations. Our commitment to compliance not only makes financial sense but also serves as a key tenant of our corporate culture. We strive to be transparent when interacting with local, state, and federal authorities. We routinely track and evaluate all emerging and changing regulations and permit requirements that may impact Equitrans’ business and operations. Where appropriate, we also actively submit comments based on our evaluations of proposed regulations, as a Company or through the industry trade groups of which we are a member.

Equitrans also conducts internal and third-party audits to ensure our construction projects and operational assets are compliant. We engage in a variety of environmental compliance actions to ensure we are maintaining our Core Values of collaboration and transparency throughout our operations, while also maintaining compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations.

Equitrans believes it is equally important to be transparent when we do not live up to our expectations, and especially so when we do not meet federal, state, or local requirements for environmental compliance. As an additional means of responsibility and to ensure transparency, in early 2021 we implemented our Notices of Violation (NOV) Tracker to publicly disclose Equitrans’ formal notices of non-compliance and violations. The tracker, which is routinely updated and published on the Sustainability page of our website, summarizes our compliance data and allows us to be measured not just by the words we use, but by the actions we take.

Non-Compliance Fines & Sanctions

2019

2020

Total Monetary Value of Equitrans’ Fines (including Eureka assets; excluding Mountain Valley Pipeline)

$ 2,612,139

$732,475

Total Monetary Value of Mountain Valley Pipeline Fines

$2,415,972

$64,500

Cases Brought through Dispute Resolution Mechanisms

39

24

Total Monetary Losses from Legal Proceedings associated with Federal Pipeline and Storage Regulations

$0

$0


To meet or exceed all applicable regulations, we work tirelessly to ensure our environmental compliance teams correctly identify regulations and develop effective strategies to achieve compliance. We collect and monitor data on applicable regulations and operating permits through our Maximo asset management system. Our Enviance software system assists with ensuring our assets are compliant with our permits and calculates air emissions in our operating areas.

For sediment releases to water bodies, we track and classify erosion and sediment control best management practice failures as either controllable or uncontrollable to determine if failures were preventable. For failures that were controllable, we work with our construction contractors to address these incidents through in-person or virtual meetings where we develop a path to resolution and discuss methods of preventing a similar incident from occurring in the future. We routinely audit construction contractors to ensure performance improvements.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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