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Southwestern Energy digs deeper into Ohio, West Virginia

Shown is a Southwestern Energy Co. well pad in West Virginia. Southwestern Energy has acquired Montage Resources and is expanding its Appalachian operations in the region. (Photo Provided)

HOUSTON — Southwestern Energy expands in Ohio and West Virginia

Southwestern Energy Co. is expanding its operations in Ohio and West Virginia through its acquisition of Montage Resources, adding local employees and new communities to its existing Appalachian operations, the company announced.

The acquisition, completed Nov. 13, includes nearly 325,000 acres in Southeast Ohio and Northwest West Virginia, adding to Southwestern Energy’s position of 786,000 acres across West Virginia, Northeast Pennsylvania and Southwest Ohio.

“We’re proud to bring our decades of experience and commitment to health, safety, environmental protection and local engagement to our new operating areas,” said Derek Cutright, Southwestern Energy senior vice president for the Southwest Appalachia Division. “We look forward to being part of a bright and safe energy future in all of our communities, and we’re eager to meet our new neighbors.”

Southwestern Energy’s local leadership has begun meeting with new team members from the offices it acquired in Marietta and Zanesville and is reaching out to mineral owners, elected officials and civic leaders to ensure a smooth transition. The company said it is committed to maintaining an open and ongoing dialogue with these new community partners.

“Our team is committed to achieving the highest levels of safety in all areas of our operations while minimizing our impact on the community and the environment,” said Chris Flanagan, Southwestern Energy area manager for the Southwest Appalachia Division. “This is evidenced by our ONE Team culture that drives our safety program for both employees and contractors as well as our focus on emissions reduction and water conservation.”

Since 2014, Southwestern Energy has returned nearly 12 billion barrels of freshwater to the environment through the company’s approach to water usage optimization, water recycling and water conservation, completing 10 major conservation projects in the communities in which it operates.

The company said its long track record has had a positive impact in the communities where it operates. Over the past five years, Southwestern Energy’s local and state taxes and payroll have topped $470 million in its primary operating areas of West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

The company has also contributed $732,000 to communities last year and employees volunteered 3,377 hours in 2019.

Southwestern Energy is an independent energy company engaged in natural gas, natural gas liquids and oil exploration, development, production and marketing.

Montage Resources and Southwestern Energy announced in August they agreed to the merger. Montage Resources is involved in exploration and production in the Utica and Marcellus shales in Southeast Ohio, West Virginia and North Central Pennsylvania.

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