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Community Impacts
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Why It Matters to Us

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Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary

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Operations with significant actual and potential negative impacts on local communities

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Being a good neighbor and operating responsibly in our local communities is critical to being the operator of choice for all stakeholders. We provide significant benefits to the communities in which we operate — including direct and indirect job creation, landowner royalties, road improvements, and financial contributions. We also recognize, however, that our operations have the potential to impact the communities in which we operate — including due to traffic and road congestion, dust, noise pollution, and potential accidents from operations that can occur at or near our sites. As a result, we have increased our focus on the areas surrounding our direct operations and proactively engage with local communities to further mitigate our impact.

Our efforts to positively impact our community focus on mitigating potential negative impacts of our business and maximizing the benefits of our operations by providing sustainable benefits to local economies and charitable support. We mitigate potential negative impacts primarily through proper site assessments and active engagement with landowners and local communities for the duration of our operations. See Landowner Relations for more information on landowner engagement activities. We also strive to be a good neighbor and corporate citizen by working collaboratively with, and giving back to, the communities in which we live and operate — our approach includes the following actions:

  • Working with Communities — how we mitigate local impacts, address concerns, and promote public safety;
  • Supporting Local Economies — our impacts through job creation, tax revenue generation, and royalty payments; and
  • Giving Back to Our Communities — our charitable contributions in the areas where we operate.





Working with Communities

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The management approach and its components

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Operations with local community engagement, impacts assessments and development programs

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We are committed to proactively addressing community concerns and other risks associated with local operations throughout all phases of our operations. This process involves ensuring we follow all applicable laws at the township, county, and state levels and addressing community concerns before we begin construction.

Mitigating Local Impacts

The size of a site dictates the amount of time required to prepare and build the site but, at a minimum, construction takes 120 days before drilling operations can commence. Prior to construction, our Land department engages with landowners near a planned site to discuss its location. Our Local Government and Community Affairs Specialists — our regionally based employees — are responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with civic organizations, elected officials, emergency response personnel, business owners, residents, and other local stakeholders. These specialists work to understand and address our stakeholders’ primary concerns. This team obtains approval for construction in accordance with local ordinances through township hearing boards, which guide operational practices in the applicable community. COVID-19 enhanced our engagement with these groups as the virtual nature of 2020 and beyond has enabled us to improve our digital communications and bring more groups into our regular cadence of communication. We provide monthly updates to elected officials at the county, state, and township levels and anyone wishing to be added to our updates can easily sign up to receive our monthly newsletters. We also contacted over 115 individuals, businesses, and government representatives in connection with our 2021 acquisition of Alta Resources Development, LLC, ensuring that all impacted stakeholders knew of the acquisition and how to contact our team should there be a need.

Access to sites can be located near, or shared with, community neighborhoods and can lead to temporary heavy traffic and operations near local residences, which is a regular safety concern in our local communities. When designing construction routes to sites, we carefully consider the locations of schools, recreation areas, and the local population. We curtail traffic on roads traveled by school buses and place custom signs along our active truck routes, alerting our drivers and contractors that truck travel is prohibited during school bus pick-up and drop-off times on township roads. These signs also alert the community to slow down and watch for children. We also widen roads, ensure the road base is suitable for heavy loads, and try to make roads safer by building turnouts and issuing flaggers to help control traffic. To further mitigate our impact on local communities, we routinely complete road upgrades prior to commencing operations — including roads at, and leading to, a site — and we conduct proactive noise assessments. These efforts have led to a decrease in road issues, traffic, noise, and — as a result — complaints and community disturbance. We also implemented a communications process to provide information about upcoming operations and a means of receiving periodic updates to neighbors within a certain radius of construction.

During the active operation of a site, we provide monthly updates to local townships and counties as applicable and our Local Government and Community Affairs team actively communicates with communities as needed and in alignment with local policies. Due to COVID-19, in 2021, we held township meetings virtually when possible. For townships and counties where this was not possible, we met in person in accordance with our COVID-19 safety guidelines — requiring attendees to wear masks and socially distance. Once a well is brought online and the gas is flowing, our Owner Relations team becomes the primary point of contact for the community.

We were involved in organization-wide local community engagement activities, conducted an impact assessment, and hosted development programs in all regions where we operated in 2021. We are also proud to report that we experienced zero Tier 1 Process Safety events[1] during 2021.

Addressing Complaints

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We respond to and track community complaints and concerns reported via our Owner Relations hotline. Community members can easily contact our Owner Relations team members about any concerns they may have through a dedicated email address, phone number, and submission form on our external website. We use a data-driven approach to resolve issues by completing assessments related to the concern (e.g., noise assessment) and collecting relevant data to determine the best resolution. In 2021, we received approximately 27,400 inquiries, with most questions concerning royalties or other payments. We fully resolved 97% of the inquiries received by our Owner Relations team in the same calendar year.

Annually, we analyze our response results to identify trends in performance, benchmark against previous data, and determine any required procedural changes.

Emergency Planning

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The safety of the communities where we operate, and that of our employee and contractor workforce, is a top priority for us. We maintain and operate equipment responsibly to create a safe environment in the communities where we operate and to focus our emergency management efforts on prevention, preparedness, and response. Our Crisis Management team in conjunction with the Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) department provides guidance and expertise in emergency response and crisis management. These functions also develop and maintain emergency notification procedures, training, and support.

Operating units develop site-specific emergency action and response plans to prepare for significant risks and teams in the field lead a daily tailgate safety meeting focused on hazard prevention and emergency preparedness before operations begin. Our Crisis Management team also conducts annual emergency scenario drills and we contract with experts to provide immediate support in areas such as well control, firefighting, and spill response as needed. In 2021, we conducted these drills and trainings onsite in outdoor, socially distanced settings.

To address and proactively respond to community safety concerns, we regularly communicate with our communities through the channels described above and work closely with emergency response personnel, public works employees, elected officials, school districts, and other key community members to engage them in the process, provide factual information, learn from them, and build relationships. Most often, the awareness and subsequent conversations surround the following:

  • Identification of the activity occurring at a local job site;
  • The types of equipment being used;
  • The most appropriate response for various scenarios; and
  • Our emergency or crisis response plan.

In addition, we work hand-in-hand with local first responders, building relationships and providing training and site tours to ensure all parties have the knowledge needed to respond in the unlikely event of an emergency at our sites. During on-location training, we conduct mock incidents for our employees and first responders to resolve. First responders utilize our “Oil and Gas 101” handbook, which includes photos and descriptions for each phase of operations. We provide employee training on incident response and command structure approximately every six months. We also participate in the Southwest Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Emergency Management Alliance — a coalition of producers, supply companies, and first responders dedicated to promoting safety in the upstream industry. The group is managed by Washington County Emergency Management Services.

Road Safety

Vehicle safety is included in both our employee and contractor safety expectations and our EHS Program addresses safe vehicle operation. We utilize a Traffic Control Plan for all active sites, which we distribute to employees, contractors, and subcontractors. These plans outline speed limits, curfews, and route restrictions. We also track all employees and contractors coming on or off our sites to increase visibility and promote safety. We require all workers coming onto a location to watch a safety video and pass a test created by our EHS department. Individuals are then issued a safety badge containing their name, company, and vehicle information — which is used to track arrival and departure from the site. This system proved invaluable during the COVID-19 pandemic in assisting with our contact tracing efforts, enabling us to contact individuals and companies in instances of potential exposure. This system also enhances our emergency response readiness as we now have real-time information regarding on‑location workers, enabling us to provide an accurate head count to first responders should an incident occur.

All of our vehicles have a Geotab global positioning system vehicle tracking device which we use to track worker driving behaviors to ensure drivers are in compliance with applicable guidelines. These global positioning system devices allow us to more easily monitor vehicle location, enabling us to determine who was involved if an accident does occur or if we receive a community complaint. We review the analytics daily to track abnormalities or determine the offender if a complaint is logged. We also use private road monitors with law enforcement backgrounds to continuously surveil our truck traffic once operations begin. These monitors are also involved in investigating community complaints regarding employee or contractor violations.

Read more about employee and contractor safety in Occupational Health and Safety.

[1] A Tier 1 Process Safety event is a loss of primary containment of any material, including non-toxic and non-flammable materials (e.g., steam, hot water, nitrogen, compressed carbon dioxide, or compressed air) with the greatest consequence as defined by the American Petroleum Institute Recommended Practice 754.

Supporting Local Economies

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Significant indirect economic impacts

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Our operations have a significant influence on the local economies where we operate by supporting economic growth via job creation, tax revenue generation, and landowner royalty payments. We track the indirect economic impacts of our business operations to better understand and communicate how our operations contribute to the local and U.S. economies by annually commissioning an independent analysis. Environmental Resources Management International Group Limited conducted an economic impact analysis using our year‑end 2021 data. According to the analysis, our direct activities produced approximately $520 million of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2021 and the indirect GDP impact through our suppliers was $514 million. Our total induced impact — that is, the impact of spending by our employees, contractors, and suppliers — was approximately $1,133 million.[1]

EQT Economic Impact (millions of dollars)[2], [3]

EQT ECONOMIC IMPACT (MILLIONS OF DOLLARS)
Target
5000

4000

3000

2000

1000

0

$4,661

$2,016

$2,002

$643

 

$2,857

$997

$1,178

$682

 

$1,855

$837

$576

$442

 

$2,167

$1,133

$520

$514

 
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Induced
Direct
Indirect

Further, our activities generated $399 million in state and local tax revenues in 2021, supporting state and local governments.

 2021 State and Local Tax Payments (millions of dollars)[4], [5]
 

Pennsylvania

West Virginia

Ohio

Rest of the United States[6]

Total

Property Taxes

$41.0

$18.7

$8.2

$40.7

$108.7

Income Tax

$44.1

$4.1

$1.2

$29.3

$78.7

Sales Tax

$43.6

$10.3

$3.6

$34.4

$91.9

Other Personal Tax

$0.6

$0.2

$0.0

$0.5

$1.4

Other Taxes on Production and Imports

$8.3

$2.8

$0.4

$6.9

$18.5

Other

$31.8

$22.0

$8.8

$37.2

$99.8

Total

$169.5

$58.1

$22.2

$149.1

$398.9

Through our operations, we paid approximately $731 million in royalty payments to our landowners in 2021.

 2021 Royalties Paid (millions of dollars)

State[7]

Royalties Paid (millions of dollars)

Pennsylvania

$416

West Virginia

$86

Ohio

$79

All other states

$150

Total

$731

 In addition, we track the indirect economic impacts of our business operations on the U.S. economy by annually commissioning an independent analysis. According to this analysis, we provided approximately $2.2 billion in value-added contributions to the U.S. GDP in 2021 where:

  • 64% of contributions occurred in three states where we operate; and
  • 36% of contributions were related to out-of-state suppliers who provided goods and services for operational activities in our operating areas.
EQT GDP Contributions (millions of dollars)[8]

EQT GDP Contributions (millions of dollars)

2018

2019

2020

2021

Pennsylvania

$2,539

$1,639

$1,050

$1,034

West Virginia

$405

$230

$86

$265

Ohio

$624

$326

$143

$98

Rest of the United States

$1,093

$662

$576

$770

Total

$4,661

$2,857

$1,855

$2,167

Local Labor and Supplier Impacts

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Proportion of spending on local suppliers
 

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Our operations, which are entirely in the United States, support local economies via taxes paid, road infrastructure improvements, local hiring of personnel and suppliers, and the use and support of local service establishments. We sustain local jobs for employees, contractors, and suppliers to support our daily operational activities. In addition to our direct employees, we supported over 16,000 ancillary jobs through our operations in 2021. This includes direct contractors — who make up most of our visible workforce, suppliers, and supply chain employees who support our production, gathering, and transmission activities. Employment contributions also include earnings spent by those employees, contractors, and suppliers (or the induced impact) which drives employment in sectors providing various goods and services to the communities where we, and our contractors and suppliers, operate and live. During 2021, 48% of our total supplier spend was spent with suppliers headquartered within the Appalachian Basin.

Estimated U.S. Labor Impacts (number of jobs)[9]

ESTIMATED U.S. LABOR IMPACTS (NUMBER OF JOBS)*
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40000

30000

20000

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15,203

3,800

3,765

965

 

21,908

11,489

5,366

4,405

648

 

13,952

8,209

3,190

1,929

624

 

17,171

10,897

3,678

1,903

693

 
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Induced Employment
Supplier Employment
Direct Contractors
EQT Employment
 

[1] For 2021, our economic impact was calculated using IMPLAN software. IMPLAN analyses are run using an underlying annual dataset that assesses the state of the economy. Data for 2021 was not available in IMPLAN at the time when the 2021 analysis was conducted. To model 2021, the IMPLAN analysis was run using our 2021 activity — first with 2019 IMPLAN data and then with 2020 IMPLAN data and the results were averaged. The 2019 data represents the “business as normal” economy prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, while the 2020 data reflects the economic shocks and changes in economic activity associated with the pandemic. The results from 2019 and 2020 are averaged because 2021 has shown some recovery from the pandemic shocks towards more normal activity.

[2] Numbers may not add to exact total due to rounding.

[3] Analysis reflects our 2021 economic activity, using averaged results from 2019 and 2020 annual IMPLAN data.

[4] Numbers may not add to exact total due to rounding.

[5] Analysis reflects our 2021 economic activity, using averaged results from 2019 and 2020 annual IMPLAN data.

[6] Other states include de minimis direct benefits and the broader indirect economic benefit from our activities as a result of receiving goods and services from companies located outside of our operating areas.

[7] Royalties paid is based on the state of residence of the recipient of the royalty.

[8] For 2021, our economic impact was calculated using IMPLAN software. IMPLAN analyses are run using an underlying annual dataset that assesses the state of the economy. Data for 2021 was not available in IMPLAN at the time when the 2021 analysis was conducted. To model 2021, the IMPLAN analysis was run using our 2021 activity — first with 2019 IMPLAN data and then with 2020 IMPLAN data and the results were averaged. The 2019 data represents the “business as normal” economy prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, while the 2020 data reflects the economic shocks and changes in economic activity associated with the pandemic. The results from 2019 and 2020 are averaged because 2021 has shown some recovery from the pandemic shocks towards more normal activity.

[9] Analysis reflects our 2021 economic activity, using averaged results from 2019 and 2020 annual IMPLAN data.

Giving Back to Our Communities

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Our efforts to support the communities in which we operate include local giving, sponsorship, and philanthropic initiatives through EQT Corporation and the EQT Foundation (the Foundation) — a separate 501(c)(3) organization. EQT Corporation and the Foundation both focus on making charitable contributions to organizations within the communities near our active operations and support programs that build trusting relationships in our local communities, help educate a future workforce for the natural gas industry, and safeguard the environment where we operate.

Our Stakeholder Affairs team manages corporate donations to local communities, following a routine review and pre-approval process to ensure that each recipient organization’s initiatives are consistent with our values and corporate strategy. Our philanthropic investments support a variety of organizations ranging from small, local nonprofits to municipalities seeking additional support for community projects that exceed their budgets. Other types of corporate support include sponsorships of county fairs, community festivals, and other local events that enable us to bond with our neighbors, enhance the quality of life for residents, and educate community members about our company and industry. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for community members to engage with our employees. The following includes some examples of our 2021 corporate philanthropic efforts:

  • Spent approximately $110,000 on livestock purchases at county fairs and festivals across our operating footprint and re-donated the livestock purchased and/or donated the proceeds to the local 4H.
  • Awarded $220,000 to local volunteer fire departments through the EQT First Responder Giving Program in conjunction with National First Responders Day.
  • Donated over $31,000 to schools and community agencies on Giving Tuesday 2021 to help fund holiday gift giving and feeding programs.
  • Sponsored the inaugural Greene Country Fest, a two-day music festival held over Labor Day Weekend in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

Qualifying nonprofit organizations may also apply for grants through the Foundation, which are reviewed by the Foundation’s Board of Directors to ensure compliance with U.S. laws and regulations applicable to corporate foundations. Foundation grants complement our corporate support to build relationships throughout our operational footprint. The Foundation prioritizes funding within the following three categories:

  • Community Enrichment
  • Education and Workforce
  • Environment

The Foundation gave more than $3 million in 2021 to support local communities. Examples of grant recipients include the following:

  • Trade Institute of Pittsburgh — carpentry job skills workforce education program
  • Ohio University Eastern — Belmont County Innovation Corridor
  • Community Foundation of Fayette County — building a stronger Fayette County, Pennsylvania endowment
  • Sewickley Township Public Library — summer reading program
  • Perennial Project — park beautification project
  • Corner Cupboard Food Bank — funding toward purchase of a refrigerated truck
  • Greene County United Way — community volunteer program
  • Waynesburg University — Achievement Academy
  • Dress for Success Pittsburgh — mobile services to women in Fayette, Greene, and Washington Counties, Pennsylvania
  • Central Pennsylvania Food Bank — fresh produce delivery in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology — Parents as Partners in Applied Technology education
  • American Red Cross — Sound the Alarm home safety program
  • Project Lead the Way — K–12 engineering curriculum
  • Catalyst Connection — new manufacturing program
  • Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs — improvements to the Washington County, Pennsylvania Fairgrounds
  • 412 Food Rescue — expansion work in Washington County, Pennsylvania
  • The Education Alliance — Adopt-A-School program, providing take-home school supplies to students
  • Progressive Women’s Association — community food program
  • West Virginia Public Broadcasting — Inquire Within in new West Virginia University Children’s Hospital
  • Marion County Family Resource Network — afterschool education program/assistance
  • Ducks Unlimited — Pleasant Creek Wildlife Management Area Wetland Creation and Enhancement Project
  • West Virginia Northern Community College — Commercial Driver’s License and Welding certificate scholarship program

Our corporate philanthropic investments and road and infrastructure improvements for communities totaled more than $28 million in 2021, while the Foundation provided more than $3 million in grants and contributions in 2021.

EQT Community Investments

 

2018

2019

2020

2021

Philanthropic investments and giving (EQT Corporation)

$1,047,322

$1,029,142

$518,000

$865,900

Roads and infrastructure improvements (EQT Corporation)

$10,523,755

$22,889,397

$27,600,000

$27,585,234

Total Investments (EQT Corporation)

$11,571,077

$23,918,539

$28,118,000

$28,451,134

Total Grants and Contributions (EQT Foundation)

$7,778,600

$5,111,970

$3,662,864

$3,052,508

Additionally, in 2021, we joined Pledge 1%, an initiative to encourage employees to pledge 1% of their time each year — about 20 hours — to volunteering in the communities in which they live and work. In 2021, we halved this goal due to COVID-19 restrictions. Employees can participate in company provided volunteer opportunities or identify opportunities on their own. We encourage our employees to donate their unique set of skills to those in need in the community. Our employees donated 6,981 hours of their time to volunteering in 2021.

We also hosted a Random Acts of Kindness Day to encourage employees to engage in both big and small ways in their communities. The event included pizza and cupcake deliveries to local police stations and personal lunch delivery to local teachers.

“I’d like to think that I show kindness in my daily life, whether it’s a smile, a compliment, a shoulder or a lending hand. Random Acts of Kindness Day is an opportunity for me to step it up a notch and connect with others on a deeper level. We can’t perfect selflessness, as it is an endless journey. But we can make a difference in the lives of others. Last year I provided lunch to the Moon Township Police Department, as well as the staff at The Goddard School in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. I wanted to give back to my community, while showing support for organizations that were impacted by COVID.”
-Carol Caracciolo, Sr. Executive Assistant, EQT Corporation

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Giving Back to First Responders

To show our appreciation and in celebration of National First Responders Day, we developed the EQT First Responder Giving Program. Each year, we identify the primary responding department at our active drilling locations and reward them with a $10,000 donation. In 2021, we made donations to 22 volunteer fire departments across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio — totaling $220,000. This money is given without condition to the departments who are free to spend it however they see fit. We thank our partners, friends, and all volunteer first responders who dedicate themselves to keeping our communities safe.

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