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2016-2017 Corporate Responsibility

Tribal Relations

We meet frequently with the Ute Tribe and individual American Indian mineral owners, and host periodic informational meetings to discuss technical, operational and economic developments. In 2016, Newfield hosted two Allottee meetings in Fort Duchesne, Utah and Ignacio, Colorado, to provide updates on our drilling activity, future exploration plans and community involvement opportunities.

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Our continual work with the Ute Tribe Business Committee and other Tribal organizations ensures we maintain the appropriate permits and licenses to protect Tribal surface rights while respecting cultural resources. Working in partnership with the Ute Tribe, to safely and responsibly develop mineral resources, advances our shared objectives of generating economic value for the community, creating employment opportunities in the oil and natural gas industry and supporting Tribal community traditions.

Since 2012, we have sponsored a number of Tribal events, including the annual July 4th Pow-Wow Celebration, community cleanups, educational and athletic activities and other cultural events or programs.

2017 highlights include the High Uintas Wilderness Trip where Tribal teenagers were chaperoned by Tribal members and other adults as they all hiked to the high Uinta Mountains. The trip was an opportunity for the young hikers to learn outdoor skills, connect with nature and discuss the Ute Creation Story.

Newfield also provided parade transportation for the Uinta Basin in Celebration event in Roosevelt, Utah.  Members of the Tribe rode the parade float in native regalia to celebrate Tribal culture. 

While low commodity prices have impacted our energy development program on Tribal lands, increased efficiencies in our drilling and completion operations are factors that will contribute to improved margins and royalty payments when development activities pick-up.

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Page last updated on November 6, 2017