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Environmental Stewardship

Even though our greatest environmental and social exposures revolve around safety, we are committed more broadly to operating in a clean, safe and environmentally responsible manner. We strive to minimize any potentially negative environmental impact our operations may have by reducing pollution and waste and conserving natural resources.  We, too, have families who live in our communities and care about future generations, and so we look not just to minimize negative effects of our operations, but to leverage them to make the world a better place.  Our Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) function is well staffed with highly trained professionals and they are integrated into our board-and-management oversight functions described in our safety section.

As a drilling company, our business is to build and renovate drilling rigs and to oversee drilling operations on our rigs on customer sites. We do not buy, lease, prepare, manage or restore land on which rigs are located; pump oil or gas from the ground; procure, transport or pump water underground, or treat or remove waste water from the site, or arrange for its disposal; or, assume responsibility for the prevention of fugitive releases or emissions associated with the oil and gas production process. 

However, we do have the ability to design our rigs and employ new technologies to minimize the environmental impact of our operations. Our design and technological expertise helps us help our customers minimize operational costs and risks and the environmental impacts associated with producing oil and gas.


We believe technology will be a key driver of our business going forward. We are already a leader in utilizing data to drive design and performance, and we are making the investments required to ensure we remain at the forefront of the industry’s digital evolution.

Our technological expertise also helps us reduce the surface footprint of our customer’s operations, enabling them to produce more energy per acre of land impacted. At sites where biodiversity management is critical for our customers, having a small footprint is important. 

In addition, smaller footprints help reduce impacts on local communities, both directly via the reduction of acres affected, and indirectly by reducing the number of employees required, thus reducing the impacts on local infrastructure (including via reduced traffic). 

H&P Technology Investments – Sustainability Benefits

In 2017 we acquired two leading technology providers – MOTIVE Drilling Technologies and Magnetic Variations Services (MagVAR).

MOTIVE is a leader in the use of cognitive computing to guide the directional drilling process. MOTIVE’s algorithm-driven system uses thousands of data inputs to determine how and where to drill wells that will maximize output.

MagVAR provides measurement while drilling (MWD) survey corrections by identifying and quantifying drilling measurement errors in real-time, greatly improving drilling performance and accuracy of well placement. Combined with H&P’s extensive existing drilling database, these software platforms helping to minimize the number of wells drilled per unit of energy produced for our customers.

Many of our customers operate in regions that have the most stringent safety and environmental laws and regulations.  Our expertise helps our customers meet, and often exceed these standards as well as their own and our own standards.  Our focus on environmental sustainability is demonstrated in numerous ways, including: 

  • Applying industry-accepted environmental best practices
  • Minimizing rig physical footprints, and configuring drilling rigs, where appropriate, for space efficient multi-well pads, all to minimize the impact on the environment in which we operate
  • Conversion of many of our rigs to allow partial substitution of cleaner burning natural gas as a fuel source
  • Upgrading our drilling rig fleet to utilize AC/VFD power and control systems which are more energy efficient and have significantly lower noise levels as compared to SCR and mechanical drilling rigs
  • Striving to maintain isolation of drilling activities to protect ground and surface water in regions in which we work
  • Training of rig crews on spill prevention and emergency spill response procedures
  • Maintaining fully stocked emergency response kits at drill site to effectively contain any spills and prevent flow off from drill sites and flow off into waterways
  • Minimizing the volumes of lubricants stored at drill sites
  • Extending the life of lubricants through use of condition monitoring and enhanced filtration technologies
  • Using a variety of recycling and other initiatives in our facilities and operations to minimize waste.

Crisis Management

At H&P we work hard to ensure we minimize all environmental and safety risks and hazards. However, it is critical that we are fully prepared should an event occur that has the potential to negatively impact our employees, facilities, operations or environment. We have developed and implemented a comprehensive Emergency Management and Crisis Response Plan (EMCRP) to help ensure H&P has the ability to respond to the most severe adverse situations or crises.

The H&P EMCRP is designed to work in coordination with other H&P response plans (for example, local emergency response plans or IT/disaster recovery plans) by providing an overarching framework and response structure to assist H&P in managing a potential or actual crisis. By ensuring the right structure, teams and processes are in place at the highest levels of the organization, H&P is better prepared to meet employee, customer, company, and community commitments.

The plan is based on:

  • NIMS/Incident Command System
  • FEMA’s Comprehensive Preparedness Guide
  • The NFPA 1600 Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs Research work conducted by experts in the emergency management field

The plan identifies a number of trigger events or risks that could cause a crisis. These events are grouped into the following categories:

  • People
  • Operational
  • Product
  • Technology
  • Security
  • Natural Disasters
  • Corporate/Legal/Financial/External
  • Government

We have a hotline that can be used by employees or non-employees to report compliance concerns that, if escalated to emergency level, would then be reported immediately to the relevant incident and crisis management teams.

The Global Security Director, in coordination with the H&P Crisis Management Team (CMT) is responsible for developing, maintaining and updating the Emergency Management and Crisis Response Plan. Rig sites, offices and other local facilities, in coordination with the CMT and Corporate Support Team, establish Site Emergency Response Teams (SERTs) to lead local crisis and emergency response operations for H&P.

The H&P Crisis Management Team is defined as H&P executives and senior management personnel who oversee the corporate strategy in response to a significant event or crisis. Ultimate oversight of the EMCRP rests with the Board.

H&P recognizes that in order for the Emergency Management and Crisis Response Plan to be most effective, it must be accompanied by regular and comprehensive training. The CMT is responsible for developing and implementing the H&P emergency preparedness and response training program, and works with the Corporate Support Team, District/Country Incident Management Teams (IMT) and Site Emergency Response Teams to execute the training program. Training includes:

  • New team member training
  • Fire-life safety training
  • Exercising e.g. scenario-based exercises and drills

A critical level of emergency support is the Crisis Communication Working Group. This group is responsible for developing and maintaining protocols for external stakeholder communications should an emergency event occur.