PITTSBURGH — The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) announced that it has certified Chevron Appalachia (Chevron) as the first company to successfully complete the Center’s evaluation and verification process, according to a press release.

Chevron earned full CSSD certification against all 15 of CSSD Performance Standards, which focus on operational performance as part of the producer’s environmental stewardship and continuous improvement processes, serving as the foundation for the center’s recently-established independent third-party evaluation and verification program, stated the release.

The release reported that Chevron has to continue to adhere to CSSD’s Performance Standards in the Appalachian Basin, integrating the center’s practices into the company’s long-term, continual improvement process, and CSSD will monitor Chevron’s performance as well as continue to build and expand on its initial 15 Performance Standards.

“While [CSSD’s] standards are not intended to replace existing regulation, our focus is to identify environmental stewardship areas where we can define standards that meet or exceed regulation, and to ensure that companies that qualify for certification continue to maintain these standards,” said CSSD President and Executive Director Susan LeGros. “We will continue to collaborate with stakeholders with diverse perspectives to identify transparent, prudent and responsible practices in shale gas development.”

You can find the release here.