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Company returned billions of freshwater to the environment

Southwestern Energy Co. recently announced it has returned more than 10 billion gallons of freshwater to the environment through its “comprehensive approach to optimizing water usage and 10 innovative, company-sponsored water conservation projects around the country,” a news release said.

The milestone reflects the company’s commitment to remaining “freshwater neutral” across its operations, meaning each gallon of freshwater used is replenished or offset, the news release said. Southwestern Energy Co. has met this commitment for three consecutive years.

“Environmental stewardship is a Southwestern Energy Co. core value that guides our operational approach,” said Bill Way, president and CEO of Southwestern Energy Co., according to the news release. “Water is a vital resource and is essential to energy development, so protecting, conserving and enhancing water quality across our operations is a top commitment for us and our stakeholders.”

The company’s commitment to remain freshwater neutral is achieved through a broad-based approach that includes conservation, reduction, protection and innovation efforts.

Since 2014, Southwestern Energy Co. has completed 10 water conservation projects across several states, including stream channel and habitat restoration; waterway and floodplain improvements; wetland creation; and aquatic habitat restoration. The most recent project, completed earlier this year, is helping to restore the Cheat River’s Muddy Creek watershed in West Virginia, which had been severely impaired by third-party acid mine drainage unrelated to the company’s operations.

“Our projects and ongoing work with local partners have generated tremendous environmental and economic benefits across the communities where we’re privileged to work and live,” Way said, according to the news release. “I want to thank the SWN employees and community stakeholders whose hard work and dedication have made reaching this 10-billion-gallon milestone, and continued environmental progress, possible.”