Environmental

Water Management

Water is a vital resource for all of us, and its importance to the planet cannot be overstated. At Equitrans, we take our responsibility to preserve and protect this natural resource very seriously. While our operations typically do not involve water consumption, we are committed to continuous improvement in our water management practices and strive to follow all federal, state, and local regulations pertaining to our water withdrawal, transportation, and disposal activities.

 

Managing Our Water Resources 

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Management of material topics

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Interactions with water as a shared resource

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Management of water discharge-related impacts

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Water withdrawal

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11.6.5
Water discharge

303-5
11.6.6
Water consumption

306-3
11.5.4
Waste generated

306-3
11.8.2
Significant spills (The spills related content in GRI 306: Effluents and Waste 2016 remains in effect.)

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Across Equitrans three business segments  gathering, transmission, and water services — water is an important resource in our operations. For the day-to-day operation of our gas gathering and transmission business, water is used for a variety of purposes, including maintenance, construction, pipeline operation, and compressor station activities. For our water services business, Equitrans withdraws and delivers water to our producer customers that are part of the upstream natural gas sector.

As part of our overall focus on minimizing impacts to local water resources, Equitrans takes the issue of water stress areas seriously. According to the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, all of Equitrans’ operating areas are in a low or medium water depletion area, and the majority of Equitrans operating areas are in a low or medium water stress area. Less than 1%, or eight miles, of our entire gathering and transmission pipeline system operates within a high-water stress area. There are no significant, non-linear natural gas facilities, such as compressor stations, located in these areas; and none of Equitrans’ water pipelines or impoundments are situated within a high-water stress area.

In 2022, Equitrans increased its quantity of produced water reuse, therefore, reducing its freshwater withdrawal quantity by approximately 110 million gallons, as compared to 2021.

The environmental department manages permitting and regulatory activities related to Equitrans’ water management activities and provides assurance for compliance with all required regulations and guidelines. During the construction phase, our Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan outlines how the water and related water activities will be managed. When using water for our operations, Equitrans works to comply with all water discharge requirements, including National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits and effluent limitations. Equitrans does not operate wastewater treatment facilities and does not treat any water used in operations, other than using filters and devices to remove sediment from waters as required by permits.

In accordance with federal, state, and local requirements, Equitrans installs sufficient secondary containment for hydrocarbons or other potential water pollutants to prevent those materials from impacting water sources. Furthermore, the Company maintains a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan for sites where hydrocarbon storage quantities exceed thresholds specified in regulations. When there is an unexpected incident, such as a water pipeline break, our standard practice is to follow the same spill response procedures as outlined in the Biodiversity and Land Stewardship and Public Safety and Emergency Response sections of this report.

Gathering and Transmission Business: Water Management

Relative to our overall water usage, water consumption for our gathering and transmission business is low; however, we recognize the importance of preserving this essential resource. Water is used in the gathering and transmission business for operations, construction, and storage activities. Water used at offices is also accounted for and reported as part of the gathering and transmission totals.

The two most common water uses at compressor stations are cooler fan cleaning and dehydrator flushing, which are both completed using potable water provided by a third party. Water used during cooler cleaning is evaluated after use to determine proper disposal requirements and is discharged to infiltrate into pervious ground areas, as permitted by regulations. Water used to flush the dehydrator lines may interact with impurities or other chemicals and is collected on-site in produced fluid tanks before being transported to a third party for processing and disposal. For both of these activities, there is minimal water consumption expected and the amount of water withdrawn is similar to the amount of water discharged. Water and other water-based fluids utilized for gas storage operations, such as plugging and abandonment operations and other well maintenance activities, is obtained from and disposed by a third party.

In 2022, Equitrans used approximately 1.2 million gallons of water for hydrotesting, with 48% of that water being reused internally or by third parties for their natural gas production activities.

 

Water is used during construction activities for hydrostatic testing and land restoration efforts. Pipeline hydrostatic testing is performed using fresh water supplied by a third party or obtained from our water business segment. No chemicals or materials are added to the water during hydrostatic testing. Following the test, the water is either directed back to the environment, recycled through hydroseeding, sent to a third party for reuse (primarily to upstream customers), or is hauled away by a third party for disposal. When discharging hydrotesting water to the ground, Equitrans acquires any applicable state-regulated discharge permit and completes the discharge in accordance with the permit. For restoration activities, water obtained from third-party sources or reused from hydrostatic testing is mixed with seed mixtures, soil additives, and mulch materials to form a slurry, which is sprayed over the ground in a uniform layer to restore vegetation and protect land areas from erosion.

Equitrans works to identify opportunities for water to be reused within and outside of the organization. Within our gas operations, the small amount of water withdrawn for hydrostatic testing and land restoration efforts is generally returned to the same basin where it was obtained, and in 2022, approximately 1.2 million gallons of water was used for hydrotesting. Of that amount, 48% was reused, with approximately 89,000 gallons reused internally for hydroseeding activities and 481,000 gallons sent to third parties for their use in natural gas production activities.

Water Services Business: Water Management

Equitrans’ water business transports water to upstream natural gas customers for their use in hydraulic fracturing operations, and this transport activity represents the majority of the Company’s water withdrawals and discharges. As of December 31, 2022, the Company’s freshwater system included approximately 201 miles of pipeline and 21 freshwater impoundment facilities, which are concentrated in southwestern Pennsylvania and southeastern Ohio. The water is withdrawn from the Monongahela River, Ohio River, local reservoirs, regional waterways, and municipal sources, and can also be temporarily held in impoundments until it is delivered to customers.

Water flow meters are used to monitor both the quantity of water extracted from surface water and municipal sources and the quantity of water delivered to customers. For water sources that require paid access, Equitrans utilizes a second audit meter to verify the flow meters’ readings. Additionally, because we use freshwater impoundments as storage prior to pipeline transport to end users, we consider the impoundments to be within the Company’s boundary. As clarification for reporting purposes, water entering and leaving freshwater impoundment storage sites is not recorded as a withdrawal or discharge.

In certain cases, withdrawal permits must be obtained before extracting water from a surface water source. The amount withdrawn is continuously tracked using water flow meters, and throughputs are reviewed and compared to permit limits on a monthly basis. Our customers are responsible for obtaining all necessary environmental permits and approvals for their water use and production activity.

The implementation of our mixed-use water system directly supports our environmental stewardship efforts by promoting the reuse of produced water and reducing freshwater withdrawals.

During 2021, Equitrans began building a mixed-use water system in Greene County, Pennsylvania to transport produced water for our customers, providing opportunities for water reuse in their production activities. The mixed-used system has two interconnections with the Company’s existing Pennsylvania freshwater system and provides services to producers in southwestern Pennsylvania. The mixed-use water system is designed to include approximately 70 miles of buried water pipeline and two water storage facilities with 350,000 barrels of capacity across multiple aboveground storage tanks. As of the end of 2022, the mixed-use water system was operating 23 miles of mixed-use pipeline and contained 150,000 barrels of storage, and we expect the remaining portions of the system to be substantially complete in 2023. As additional clarification, produced water that is delivered via truck by third parties to our mixed-use water storage facilities is considered a withdrawal as it is the first time the water is brought on to our system.

The implementation of our mixed-use water system directly supports our environmental stewardship efforts by promoting the reuse of produced water and reducing freshwater withdrawals. Our water services business gathers produced water directly from our customers well pads. This produced water can be delivered via pipeline to another well pad for reuse in our customers' hydraulic fracturing operations or can be placed in storage and delivered to our customers for their future reuse. By increasing the quantity of produced water reused in 2022, Equitrans’ water services business was able to reduce its freshwater withdrawal quantity, including surface water and municipal water, by approximately 110 million gallons, as compared to 2021.

 

Annual Data: Water Withdrawals, Discharges, and Consumption

In 2021, we completed our first Companywide water inventory, and, in 2022, we enhanced our annual water inventory by implementing additional work orders and other data collection measures to obtain more comprehensive water management data. The majority of the Company’s water throughput is associated with our water services business segment, the service activities of which are directly linked to our customers water demand. The use of water by our producer customers is dependent upon their business activities and operations; therefore, our water transmission levels fluctuate from year to year in response to their well completion activities.

Water Withdrawals

In 2022, our water services business withdrew approximately 1,089 million gallons of water. This total included roughly 149 million gallons of produced water and 940 million gallons of fresh water from surface water and public utility sources. None of the freshwater withdrawals came from water-stressed areas.

Although water withdrawals for the gas gathering and transmission business increased in 2022, the total water usage associated with our gas operations remained at approximately 1% of the Companys total water use for 2022, which was similar to 2021. The increase in withdrawals was primarily related to water use at our offices (office activities are accounted for in our gathering and transmission business segment), as well as improved recordkeeping for gas storage operations.

Water Withdrawals by Source1 (gallons)

2021

2022
Water Services Business    

Surface Water

519,281,034

369,975,985

Groundwater

0

0

Third-Party Sources2

531,860,744

570,500,854

Total Freshwater Withdrawals

1,051,141,778

940,476,839

Produced Water

67,946,632

148,635,714
Total Water Withdrawals3 1,119,088,411 1,089,112,553
Gas Operations    

Surface Water

138,000

249,700

Groundwater

1,400

1,000

Third-Party Sources2

4,053,511

4,948,048

Total Freshwater Withdrawals

4,192,911

5,198,748

Produced Water

0

0
Total Water Withdrawals3 4,192,911 5,198,748

1) Includes 100% of the Eureka Midstream assets; excludes MVP and MVP Southgate projects

2) Third-party water withdrawals for the water segment were obtained from municipal sources; third-party water utilized for gas operations was sourced from municipalities and companies that deliver potable water

3) No water was withdrawn from areas of water stress and no sea water was withdrawn for Company operations

 

Water Discharges

The water services business discharged a total of approximately 1,155 million gallons of water in 2022, which is a slight increase compared to 2021. The total discharges consist of all fresh and produced water delivered to customers and include estimates of reported freshwater spills and any fresh water drained from impoundments during maintenance activities. During 2022, the quantity of water discharged by the water business exceeded the amount of water withdrawn. Reasons for excess discharges are primarily due to two factors. First, previously stored fresh water was delivered to customers throughout the year; and second, two freshwater impoundments were drained for maintenance activities.

During 2022, both water withdrawals and discharges increased. As noted above, the increase in withdrawals for our gas gathering and transmission business was primarily related to water use at our offices and improved recordkeeping for gas storage operations. For the year, the increase in discharges was in line with the increase in withdrawals.

Water Discharges by Destination1 (gallons)

2021

2022
Water Services Business    

Surface Water

343,182

0

Groundwater

12,101

15,838,300

Third-Party Sources (fresh water)2

1,052,264,036

711,517,657

Total Freshwater Discharges

1,052,619,319

727,355,957

Third-Party Sources (produced water)2

67,946,632

428,034,327
Total Water Business Discharges3 1,120,565,951 1,155,390,284
Gas Operations    

Surface Water

0

0

Groundwater

2,485,500

1,186,915

Third-Party Sources (fresh water)2

1,570,270

3,553,852

Total Freshwater Discharges

4,055,771

4,740,767

Third-Party Sources (produced water)2

0

0
Total Gas Operation Discharges3 4,055,771 4,740,767

1) Includes 100% of the Eureka Midstream assets; excludes MVP and MVP Southgate projects

2) Third-party discharges include water delivered to customers and water removed for treatment and disposal by a third party

3) GRI 303-4: zero water was discharged to seawater

 

Water Consumption

The water services business does not measure water consumption, as the water withdrawn is intended to be transported and delivered to customers. We can; however, calculate water consumption by subtracting discharges from withdrawals. In 2022, water discharges exceeded withdrawals; therefore, our water business consumption is reported as zero gallons.

During 2022, both withdrawals and discharges increased for our gas gathering and transmission business (additional information noted in withdrawals information above). Since the consumption is calculated based on the difference between water withdrawals and discharges, the increase in withdrawals also led to an increase in consumption.

Total Water Consumption1, 2 (gallons)

2021

2022
Water Business Consumption3 0 0
Gas Operations Consumption 119,269 457,981

Total Water Consumption

119,269

457,981

1) Includes 100% of the Eureka Midstream assets; excludes MVP and MVP Southgate projects

2) Water consumption is calculated by subtracting the total discharges from the total withdrawals

3) Consumption is reported as zero gallons since discharges exceeded withdrawals for each reporting year

Highlight Stories

Productivity Redesigned

As the world continues to adapt and evolve, companies are re-evaluating their management approach and taking into consideration the individual needs and circumstances of their employees to create work-life harmonization. With the implementation of person-centric leadership practices, Equitrans took the opportunity to redesign how we operate, improving performance and engagement and increasing our ability to compete for talent.

In early 2020, Equitrans began to recognize the benefits of a flexible workplace model. We initiated a deeper dive into the concept by soliciting survey feedback from office-based employees regarding their preferred ‘workplace persona’ preferences (anchor, flex, and remote). Today, we have fully embraced a ‘person-centric’ work environment, which takes into account the physical, cognitive, and emotional needs of employees and encourages them to find the best integration between their work and personal lives. With this approach, work is no longer about where an employee is located, but about the actual work an employee does. Importantly, employees are evaluated on work produced, without consideration to where or how they worked.

Rather than conforming to legacy practices or location constraints, Equitrans’ person-centric work model is defined by flexible work experiences, intentional collaboration, and empathy-based management. For our field-based employees, who are primarily required to work onsite, we rolled out flexible work guidelines to demonstrate our commitment to our person-centric work approach. Upon implementation of this new work model, roughly 44% of employees are working remotely, 25% split their time between working remotely and at an Equitrans location, 31% work from an Equitrans location full-time, and less than 1% work part-time.

We expect our person-centric model will continue to improve employees’ satisfaction and retention, as well as help to expand our talent pool. Since implementing our workplace personas, the number of employees working in other U.S. locations has increased, and we have been able to improve gender diversity. As part of our new work model, we periodically conduct employee surveys and focus groups to obtain feedback, using the results to adjust our workplace practices, as needed.

Office-Centric vs Person-Centric Work Design
Office-Centric Person-Centric

Provide consistent work experiences to deliver equality of experience

Provide flexible work experiences to deliver equality of opportunity

Enable serendipitous collaboration to deliver innovation by chance

Enable intentional collaboration to deliver innovation by design

Drive visibility-based management to deliver performance by inputs

Drive empathy-based management to deliver performance by outcome

Managing and Protecting Pipeline Integrity

Identification and management of landslide risk is a vital aspect of Equitrans’ daily work activities; however, the risk of a landslide is not limited to the midstream industry. Landslides can occur in any type of terrain, including both hills and valleys, and can be associated with any type of ongoing construction or pre-existing land disturbance. Natural factors such as rainfall and surface runoff water can amplify their frequency or severity; and left unmanaged, landslides have the potential to impact our environment. For Equitrans, this impact may include creating unnecessary strain on our underground pipelines, which are typically located in a variety of terrains as compared to our non-linear assets. To avoid unsafe situations and protect the integrity of our pipeline network, our engineering team uses a multi-faceted approach to aggressively identify and manage areas at risk for potential landslides. 

To identify potential land movement near our assets, Equitrans’ engineers utilize aerial patrols, drones with photogrammetry change detection, and routine on-site inspections — or, if required, a combination of these methods may be used. In each case, we monitor our pipeline rights-of-way looking for any indication of unstable soil, such as discoloration, downed trees, or other data that could indicate a change in topography. Following a thorough evaluation of each asset location or suspected slide area by our engineering and compliance teams, we assign a priority ranking to indicate the potential for further movement and any risk to the environment or to the integrity of the pipeline.

As a final step, Equitrans pairs the geographic location data of known and suspected landslides with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) information. This analysis is done on a daily basis and allows Equitrans to identify rainfall events that could affect the stability of existing slide-prone areas and to rapidly respond and investigate when conditions change on the ground. In accordance with a defined framework that accounts for slide priority and rain severity, personnel may be deployed to conduct visual, on-site inspections. Beyond rainfall data, we also monitor temperature data to understand freeze thaw cycles and similarly deploy personnel to evaluate sites under changing conditions. Through continued use of these evaluation tools — aerial inspections, drone imaging, and manual site inspections — Equitrans remains committed to environmental and operational safety through its robust process to identify and manage potential landslides.

In addition, Equitrans launched a Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) pilot program in 2020 to aid in the enhanced detection of potential landslides along our pipeline rights-of-way. Today, we conduct semi-annual LiDAR flights across thousands of miles of pipeline. The adoption of LiDAR technology and utilization of our enhanced construction standards are collectively designed to improve Equitrans’ ability to mitigate landslide risk for the safety of our employees and communities, and for the benefit of our customers, investors, and the environment. 

Renewable Electricity and Scope 2 Emissions

With the publication of the Company’s Climate Policy in 2021, Equitrans established targets that include a 50% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 methane emissions by 2030 and a 50% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2040. Since this time, Equitrans has aggressively focused on reducing its direct Scope 1 emissions, which included the replacement of pneumatic devices and the installation of vent gas recovery units during 2022. These activities are expected to directly contribute to a reduction in methane emissions from operations. Additional information and details on the Company’s reduction efforts can be found in the GHG Emissions and Climate Change section of this report.

Equitrans is also working to reduce its indirect Scope 2 emissions, which are emissions related to purchased utilities, such as electric generation and heat. One method of aiding in the overall reduction of indirect Scope 2 emissions is through the purchase of certified renewable energy credits or RECs. Each REC is a certificate that corresponds to the environmental attributes of electricity that is generated from a zero-emissions renewable source and delivered to the electricity grid.

For the year-ended 2022, Equitrans purchased and retired 35,000 Green-e Energy certified RECs for its operations. These purchased RECs represent 35,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of generated renewable energy, which in this case was from wind energy generated in Oklahoma and delivered to the corresponding regional electric grid. By purchasing and retiring these RECs, Equitrans is taking credit for the renewable energy generated and ensuring that it is not accounted for elsewhere in the country. By purchasing these certified RECs, Equitrans was able to account for 100% of its purchased electricity through the supply of zero-carbon renewable energy, as related to its indirect Scope 2 GHG emissions.  

Enhancing Methane Monitoring

In January 2023, Equitrans announced its status as a founding member of the newly formed Appalachian Methane Initiative (AMI), a coalition of regional natural gas operators committed to further enhancing methane monitoring throughout the Appalachia Basin and facilitating additional methane emissions reduction in the region. The AMI coalition was formed for the purpose of establishing and effectuating a methane monitoring, reporting, and mitigation network throughout the geographic area known as the Appalachian Basin.’

AMI’s efforts are intended to promote greater efficiency in the identification and remedy of potential fugitive methane emissions from operations in the Appalachian Basin through coordinated satellite and aerial surveys on a geographic-basis as opposed to an operator-specific basis and taking into account advanced methane monitoring and reporting frameworks. Additionally, the coalition will seek to coordinate and share best practices in mitigating methane emissions from natural gas operations, including production and midstream, and collaborate on activities and monitor results through transparent, publicly available reporting. 

For much of 2023, AMI is focusing on developing and implementing a pilot monitoring program to cover select areas of interest within the Basin’s major operating footprints, with the goal of working to develop and implement a full-Basin monitoring plan in 2024.

As part of AMI’s official launch, a news release was issued by the coalition’s founding members. We believe our membership in AMI will support our ongoing methane reduction efforts and complement our many ESG initiatives, and we look forward to working with other coalition members on advancing AMI’s initiatives.

Our Bees Are All The Buzzzzz

At Equitrans, there is a clear tone that begins at the top — sustainability is critically important to the world we live in and is also essential to the future growth of our Company. In 2023, E-Train celebrated Earth Day with the kickoff of a two-year sustainability partnership with Alvéole. Alvéole focuses on bee-friendly communities for greener cities by installing honey bee hives at business locations across the world to foster environmental awareness and educate communities on the importance of creating sustainable bee populations. In fact, according to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, honey bees help to produce one-third of our food supply by pollinating $15 billion worth of crops in the U.S. each year, including more than 130 types of fruits, nuts, and vegetables. 

Through our new partnership with Alvéole, E-Train is hosting and supporting two honey bee hives at each of our Canonsburg, St. Clairsville, and Waynesburg offices. The hives were installed in late spring, and the bees have begun to collect nectar and pollinate thousands of flowers and plants. With the help of our assigned Alvéole beekeeper, the hives will become established, and the bees will re-emerge every spring to pollinate flora to grow food and produce E-Train’s own locally sourced honey.

Equitrans and Alvéole also established “MyHive” microsites for each of E-Train’s office locations. The MyHive sites are located on Equitrans’ intranet, and employees can access the sites at any time to find educational honey bee information and receive updates on our hives. As an added benefit, Alvéole beekeepers will conduct various on-site informational events for employees, such as beeswax candle making and honey extraction sessions. 

As we continue to safely and responsibly operate our network of natural gas pipelines, water lines, and compressor stations, it’s important to remember that the decisions we make today have a lasting and positive impact on future generations. On Earth Day and every day, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard by embracing our responsibility to operate in a manner that minimizes impacts on our natural resources and — above all else — we must keep safety our top priority, always.

Employee Generosity — Giving Back To Our Communities

Equitrans Midstream is committed to making a difference in our communities, and the United Way is just one way we can join together to support those in need. For our 2022 campaign, we selected the United Way of Washington County as our primary United Way affiliate, which aligns with our Company headquarters’ location. Employees also had the opportunity to donate to the United Way of their choice by selecting from other United Way affiliates located in our primary operating states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, or West Virginia.

To jump start our 2022 United Way campaign, we held a basket raffle during our all-employee meeting and holiday celebration in Morgantown, WV. Employee teams donated 27 individual baskets, with raffle ticket sales raising more than $11,000 in donations. This was matched dollar-for-dollar by our Corporate Local Giving Program, jump-starting our 2022 campaign with a contribution of more than $22,000 to the United Way.

Through our official United Way campaign, which is conducted annually via individual, online donations, Equitrans employees pledged roughly $57,000 in individual contributions, which was matched dollar-for-dollar through the Equitrans Midstream Foundation for a total of approximately $114,000. Additional donations were made outside of our formal campaign, and, based on totals provided by the United Way of Washington County — Equitrans’ contributions totaled more than $169,000 in 2022 — making us the top contributor in their Chairman’s Award for Top 5 Workplace Giving Campaign Partners program.

Equitrans also received the agency’s Campaign Excellence Award, which is presented to a workplace giving campaign partner that puts forth extra effort in running their annual workplace giving campaign. In addition to our traditional campaign, this award was due in part to the hosting of our special to basket raffle event, which engaged all employees and included matching funds by the Equitrans Midstream Foundation and the Company’s Corporate Local Giving Program.

The United Way of Washington County’s mission is to unite people, resources, and organization to improve lives in Washington County. Through Equitrans’ support, the various programs at United Way will be funded to serve the most pressing needs in vulnerable populations within our local operating areas. Our donation is a powerful force for change, and we thank our employees for their generosity and support!

Proactive Project Outreach

Equitrans Midstream relies on proactive community engagement and feedback to foster a culture of trust, inclusivity, and transparency, and we view our projects and operations through a lens of responsibility and accountability. In keeping with this belief, environmental justice is an important component of our stakeholder outreach activities. Our Environmental Justice Policy lays the foundation of our commitment to provide for the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people in any public process involving our operations, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income. 

It is often said that actions speak louder than words, which was the case for the outreach team working on our Ohio Valley Connector Expansion (OVCX) project. As a critical component of the project’s pre-planning phase, our team contracted the services of an outside vendor that specialized in the identification of environmental justice communities located near the project. After consulting with the FERC, the EPA, and our contracted environmental justice specialists, Equitrans extended the OVCX project’s landowner contact radius an additional 0.5 mile to maximize the outreach efforts and ensure all stakeholders were personally aware of and involved with the project details.

In addition to our land team contacting property owners and community members within the expanded radius, the OVCX outreach team conducted multiple pop-up educational meetings and community open houses; solicited pre-paid comment and suggestion cards; distributed various informational mailings; and remained engaged with the community every step of the way by responding to questions and feedback. To better understand the needs and challenges faced by those living near the proposed project, we also met with local organizations and elected officials, as well as other key decision makers. These additional, proactive measures taken by our OVCX outreach team went above and beyond regulatory requirements to ensure consistent communication and transparency throughout the project’s lifecycle.  

Inspiring the World to Reuse

As we broaden our sustainability investments, we are especially proud of our partnership with Fill It Forward, an organization whose mission is “to inspire the world to reuse” by focusing on the elimination of single-use waste, such as plastic bottles and bags. In 2021, Equitrans partnered with Fill it Forward as a means of engaging and educating employees, while at the same time elevating our many ESG (environmental, social, and governance) initiatives.

In late 2021, we launched our Fill It Forward campaign with a custom holiday gift box for employees that included reusable tote bags and bottles with individual ‘scan tags’ that acted as a re-use tracker. When the tags were scanned, the data was automatically uploaded to Equitrans’ custom group on the Fill It Forward app and was used for tracking our collective impact, such as waste diverted, emissions saved, and how much ocean pollution was prevented.

Along with helping to eliminate waste, there was a charitable component to our Fill It Forward campaign. Each employee scan unlocked a $1 donation for every reuse, which contributed funds to our chosen charitable organization — DigDeep’s Appalachia Water Project. The funds collected were used to provide clean drinking water through the installation of meter-to-home water lines for families in southern West Virginia who currently have unsafe, limited, or no water at all. Our goal was to generate 10,000 scans and raise $10,000 for the Appalachia Water Project, and we were thrilled to have reached our goal roughly six months into the campaign. In addition, as part of Equitrans’ annual holiday giving initiatives, we made a separate donation of $20,000 to the Appalachia Water Project.

Thanks to the efforts of our employees — Equitrans was the proud recipient of Fill It Forward’s Changemaker Award for 2022. This unique ESG-focused campaign was a means of engaging and educating employees, while also elevating our sustainability efforts. Together with Fill It Forward, we believe that the simple act of reusing is the first step towards creating a sustainable mindset for all generations — and as an added benefit — being able to connect families with access to safe water will ensure the health and success of communities for years to come.

Equitrans Midstream’s Impact
 
19,968.42
lbs of emissions saved

 
617.58
lbs of waste diverted from landfill

 
11,734.02
kwH of power saved

 
123.52
lbs of ocean pollution prevented
20,586
total reuses

Source: Statistics calculated by Fill It Forward, as of year-end 2022

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