FIVE WAYS WE AVOID DIRECT HABITAT LOSS

1. Locate well pads, facilities and roads in clustered configurations within the least sensitive habitats. Drill multiple wells from the same pad where feasible. Site wells off of existing roads and coordinate road construction and use among companies operating in the same oil and gas field, as practical and feasible given State permitting requirements.

2. Establish utility corridors to utilize the common routes for multiple pipelines to the extent feasible and as allowed by private surface owners and land management agencies. Route utility corridors away from sensitive or critical habitat areas.

3. Prompt reclamation of pipelines, expired pads, and roads. Assess degraded roads and well pads on public lands that preceded reclamation requirements when the leases were sold to determine potential reclamation action

4. Encourage directional boring of utilities and pipelines in rugged areas or in crossing drainages and wetlands, as feasible and practical.

5. Encourage seeding with native grass seed on new areas of disturbance, especially in native prairie areas, as allowed by private surface owners and land management agencies.