Since its founding in 2013, the Center for Responsible Shale Development (CRSD) has worked to bring diverse stakeholders together to define forward-thinking environmental stewardship and engagement in the development of natural gas from shale. Susan LeGros has been tirelessly and effectively leading that effort since 2014. With great appreciation for her service, we announce that, as of March 31, 2018, Susan has decided to step down from her role as President and Executive Director.
Under her leadership, CRSD has played an instrumental role in raising environmental performance in the Appalachian Basin by adopting fifteen aspirational air and water standards and providing for independent third-party certification that together represent the highest level of voluntary and self-imposed expectations in the natural gas industry. With Susan’s guidance, CRSD has succeeded in its mission by raising performance expectations throughout the basin such that in most cases they now approach or meet our aspirational targets. The Board of CRSD is extremely grateful for Susan’s leadership and thanks her for her contributions to our organization and its vision over the past four years.
In anticipation of Susan’s departure, CRSD has retained the Meridian Institute to help guide the Board through this transition period and define the next phase of our collaborative approach to driving continuous environmental improvement in shale gas operations. Meridian is a non-profit organization based in Colorado whose mission is to design and facilitate multi-stakeholder processes that help organizations anticipate and solve problems, make informed decisions, and achieve results that address some of society’s most complex and controversial challenges.
As we move forward, we will continue to encourage additional producers to join us in adopting operating practices and transparency that are critically important to the environment, the gas industry and the wellbeing of our citizens and communities. Our highly engaged board will continue to develop and share perspectives on relevant issues to foster collaboration and innovation in environmental performance. We will be evaluating acceptable formats to set standards and measure performance and to identify impactful ways to advance collaboration on critical issues relating to gas development. CRSD’s organizing principle-the value and importance of bringing operators and NGOs together- remains unchanged and fully embraced by our participants.
Only by working together to find areas of common ground in pursuit of the highest performance expectations will we be able to chart a course that protects the environment and human health, while also obtaining all the benefits of our shale gas resources.
For more information, please contact Davitt Woodwell of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council at (412) 481-9400, or Trip Oliver of Chevron at (412) 865-1455.