Water and Energy are two of the most important concerns of the world today. In early 2013, Southwestern Energy (SWN) committed to achieve 'Fresh Water Neutral' by 2016 and launched our ECH2O (Energy Conserving Water) initiative to address the many challenges our industry faces regarding our use of water in unconventional resource plays. This presentation will discuss how SWN will implement its ECH2O initiative for existing fields as well as new areas where we are just starting. Our focus has been directed at four key areas of water use and water management: Protection, Reduction, Innovation, and Conservation. An overview of each of these areas will highlight our projects that are directed at the protection of surface and groundwater resources, reduction of fresh water volumes and the use of alternatives to fresh water. The overview will also present innovative technology developments in water treatment and conservation efforts that improve water quality and availability in the communities where we work.
Engaging the creative energy of our industry with effective management of water resources, combined with attention to the water priorities of the communities where we work, will be vital to our future success.