Protecting and preserving the environment is a longstanding and deep-rooted principle for everyone at Murphy. Charles H. Murphy, Jr. was a forerunner in the environmental awareness movement, and his tireless efforts helped to create standards and practices for the oil and natural gas industry. For his work in bringing together industry and national leaders of the environmental movement, Mr. Murphy was honored with the National Wildlife Federation’s citation for outstanding individual service.
In 1999, he became the first oil industry executive to receive the prestigious Chevron Conservation Award. Our environmental initiatives – directed by our HSE Policy and implemented according to our comprehensive HSE Management System – continue to build on Mr. Murphy’s legacy.
Our strategic initiatives over the past decade have led to a transformation of the company into a focused E&P player which has resulted in a more sustainable business and a significantly reduced emissions footprint. During this period we have exited high emissions intensity assets in Malaysia, refining, oil sands and heavy oil. We have increased our operational exposure to unconventional assets in Canada, which has some of the world’s most comprehensive environmental regulations, and in the US Gulf of Mexico which can deliver some of the lowest emission barrels in the industry.
Since 2001, we have prepared an Internal Annual Worldwide GHG Emissions Inventory (now integrated into our annual Sustainability Report) and have continually refined our emission surveys as we strive for improved measuring and tracking of our GHG emissions. In addition, Murphy also tracks methane-specific intensity.
In 2020, as we persevere to reduce our GHG emissions intensity further, we have set a 2030 reduction target of 15 to 20 percent versus our 2019 levels, excluding Malaysia. Additionally, in 2021, we set a goal of achieving zero routine flaring by 2030.
We focus on minimizing the impact our water use has on regions where we operate onshore. Through drilling and completions programming and the alternative water source assessment process, Murphy ensures that the environmental flow needs (the volume and timing of water flow required for the aquatic ecosystem to function properly) of the chosen water source are met. Our team also works to maintain available free allocation for other water users, adhere to the necessary set-back distances and protect riparian habitat areas.
As an internal best practice and in accordance with legislative requirements, we track and report water metrics across all our onshore business units. These figures include freshwater consumption, alternative water consumption, alternative water sharing volumes and freshwater use intensity (barrel per lateral length and barrel per frac stage). This practice helps us drive process improvements, maintain compliance and facilitate transparency.
Our offshore business does not use fresh water for oil and natural gas production. Uses are for functions typical to marine environments, including ballast systems, machinery cooling and potable water. All water provided to facilities for the process stream are sourced from seawater and are either untreated or treated with metal ions. Potable water for hygiene and galley use is generated through reverse osmosis, and then returned to the sea through overboard discharges, with regular monitoring for low oil content and toxicity to ensure no impact to aquatic environments. When discharging water offshore, we comply with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), managed and regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
We are committed to protecting biodiversity at all operating locations and at all stages of the project lifecycle. From planning through execution, the Subsurface, Construction, Environment and Land teams collaborate to minimize project footprint and impacts to water, soil, archeology and wildlife. At the end of every project, the HSE team is responsible for implementing a decommissioning, remediation and restoration standard, which is part of the Murphy HSE-MS.
We provide a variety of channels for stakeholders to engage with us regarding concerns of biodiversity protection:
- By Phone or Website – We have a dedicated center to process and document any concerns or comments raised by phone or via email. The call center refers comments to the Land Department, which is responsible for recording, referring, monitoring and ultimately resolving all queries. Reach out to (888) 289-9314 or firstname.lastname@example.org with concerns.
- Surface Land – Every Murphy landowner is provided with a dedicated surface landman that they can call for any issue. The landman is responsible for ultimate issue resolution.
Managing spill risk is a critical element in reducing our environmental impact, and procedures to minimize such incidents are covered by our HSE Policy and HSE-MS, asset integrity management and internal annual targets.
Murphy tracks its hydrocarbon spills throughout the year and evaluates the data for preventative measures and continual improvement.
As part of our strategy to minimize the impact on the environment and our commitment to responsible drilling practices, Murphy utilizes specific fluids for our onshore and offshore operations.
Waste generated from our operations is managed in accordance to multiple laws, regulations and industry standards.