Environmental, Social and Governance

 

At USWS, sustainability is key to our strategy and how we invest for the future. We begin by recognizing and embracing the role we have in protecting the environment, which is reflected in our approach to technology, resource conservation, waste management and greenhouse gas emissions. Within social dimensions, we work to create a safe and healthy work environment where all individuals are treated with fairness and respect and continue to earn our license across our communities. Finally, we adhere to high standards of ethics and conduct and seek business partners who share in our commitment.

 

USWS is committed to mitigating the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing operations. Foundational to this commitment is our CleanFleet® technology – the industry’s pioneering fully electric hydraulic fracturing fleet that allows our customers to reduce greenhouse emissions, cut noise pollution and decrease vehicular traffic related to their operations. We refer you to more information about the tremendous benefits of the CleanFleet® electric powered hydraulic fracturing fleets through our “Clearing the Air” white paper on the topic.



USWS seeks to conserve energy and water wherever possible. While water usage requirements and sourcing for hydraulic fracturing operations are typically the responsibility of the operator or leaseholder, USWS will promote water conservation through recycling and re-use options, as well as encouraging centralization to optimize water resources throughout the entire life cycle of the operations.



USWS has developed a program to review all chemicals used as part of our service line. The chemicals are reviewed based on several criteria – ecotoxicology, regulatory status compliance and sustainability – with a goal to select those products that best reflect our commitment to a reduced environmental impact.



Through our journey management program, we drive environmental stewardship by plotting out the best routes while minimizing the potential community impacts and carefully managing the use of vehicles to maximize efficiencies.

In addition, our USafeDrive™ program utilizes state-of-the-art technology to assist our drivers in improving situational awareness, enhancing driving behaviors and further minimizing potential community impact as well as compliance with Department of Transportation regulations and USWS policies. USafeDrive™ units are installed in all heavy vehicles as well as crew vans and include automatic, real-time verbal coaching of drivers on speed and driving styles.



In addition to complying with all federal, state and local regulations, USWS is committed to minimizing and, if practicable, eliminating the use of any substance or material that may cause environmental damage; reducing waste generation, disposing of all waste through safe and responsible methods, and minimizing environmental risk by employing safe technologies and operating procedures.Each USWS-operated facility develops a waste handling matrix to address safe practices related to the storage and handling of waste, scrap or leftover material to minimize the potential impact to the environment. USWS ensures project-related wastes are stored and maintained in an organized fashion to encourage proper disposal and minimize risks to employees. Proper waste receptacles must be provided for trash and materials that may be reused or recycled during a project.

Employees are instructed on managing waste generated at the work site and on the proper disposal method of waste, including training on methods to reduce and recycle waste and proper personal protective equipment to be utilized.



USWS believes that access to abundant, affordable and increasingly clean energy satisfies a foundational need for societies and families to survive and thrive. A sharp focus on environmental improvement is at the heart of our reason for being, and we have centered our business on being an essential partner in the energy transition by mitigating the greenhouse gas emissions from hydraulic fracturing operations.From our creation nearly a decade ago, we recognized that the energy industry must make step-function improvements in environmental performance. As a centerpiece to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating other impacts to the environment and communities in which we operate, we created CleanFleet® electric powered hydraulic fracturing fleets. These fleets reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 40 percent versus diesel fleets – reducing total CO2e greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2,200 metric tons in a typical month versus Tier IV diesel, while reducing particulate matter by more than 75 percent. We refer you to more information about the tremendous benefits of the CleanFleet® electric powered hydraulic fracturing fleets through our “Clearing the Air” white paper on the topic.

The substantial benefits of the CleanFleet® technology continue to redefine USWS. We are committed to becoming an all-electric hydraulic fracturing services provider and plan to fully exit the diesel fracturing market by the end of 2021.

In step with our strategic initiatives, USWS continues to research best practices and performs ongoing audits of our processes to guarantee the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of our operations.

In addition, we:

  • Collaborate with organizations providing services and products that minimize environmental impact;
  • Seek to improve energy efficiencies at our facilities and offices by conducting ongoing energy efficiency audits, researching products that use less electricity, encouraging the sourcing of power from renewable supplies, and researching technology-based conservation options;
  • Manage the environmental risks and opportunities associated with our business and will help our customers reduce their environmental impact; and
  • Review all processes and products to improve resource conservation.


 

Safety Vision Statement

U.S. Well Services, LLC (“USWS”) believes that all incidents are preventable and that priority one is having all employees go home healthy every day.

To accomplish this mission, we actively encourage every employee to take personal responsibility for their individual safety as well as the safety of their entire crew. We have also created "10 Pillars of Safety" to help our clients and employees stay safe at all times.

 

Ten Pillars of Safety Excellence

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    I will always be fit for duty

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    I will always wear my PPE

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    I will always wear my seat belt

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    I will always obey the cell phone policy

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    I will always use spotters when moving any vehicle or equipment

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    I will always take personal responsibility for the safety of other employees

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    I will always protect the environment and communities where we work

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    I will never disable safety equipment or devices

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    I will never perform or overlook an unsafe act

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    I will never perform a task before being fully trained

 

In 2020, USWS reported a Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) of 0.66 per 200,000 hours worked, which compares favorably to other U.S. industry averages, including the “mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction” category.

In 2020, USWS reported a Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) of 0.66 per 200,000 hours worked, which compares favorably to other U.S. industry averages, including the “mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction” category.

Stop Work Authority (SWA)

SWA is the Company’s commitment to our employees of their right to ask questions if anyone feels that they are in an unsafe situation or being asked to perform an unsafe task. Although SWA may require shutting down the job on occasion, in most cases simply answering a question is enough to resolve the matter. In those cases where a shutdown is necessary, USWS has an established "restart protocol". Senior operations and HSEQ personnel will collaborate to remedy the situation. Once resolved, the matter will be discussed with all affected employees, the unsafe condition will be eliminated, and then work can resume safely.

 

HSE-Nexus is the comprehensive safety database developed by U.S. Well Services. This database allows the seamless integration of several different data sets and allows USWS to view the information more holistically, while increasing our capabilities to spot and predict service quality trends. HSE-Nexus truly is where data becomes information.

 

PSM360® is a program developed by U.S. Well Services that incorporates our lean operations mindset (LEAN360®) with a traditional program of process safety management (PSM). The LEAN360® program focuses on eliminating waste (defects, overproduction, waiting, non-utilized talent, transportation, inventory, motion, and extra processing) with a 6S approach--safety, sort, set in order, shine, standardize, and sustain.

PSM360® is a program whereby safety is embedded into a task or procedure via administrative controls, training, risk hazard analysis, incident investigation, emergency planning, audits, contractor management, and employee involvement.

 

USWS-U® is the remote training program developed by U.S. Well Services. This remote learning program supports traditional classroom and hands-on training by giving our mobile workforce additional opportunities to complete training electronically through videos and virtual classrooms. The training modules include safety policy refreshers, equipment/task support, and other professional development learning opportunities.

 

USWS recognizes and celebrates the differences that each individual brings to the organization, and we view these differences as contributing factors to the success of the company.

We believe in hiring and retaining a diverse workforce to strengthen our pool of knowledge and skills. As an equal opportunity employer, we seek qualified, reliable and productive employees, without regard to race, color, religion, genetic information, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, veteran’s status, mental or physical disability, or any other category protected by law.

Our workforce reflects the diverse communities in which we operate with employees from minority groups representing more than 45 percent of our personnel. In addition, nearly 45 percent of our office employees are women. We also have a long history of hiring, training and promoting veterans who offer skills transferable and essential to our operations.

We believe all employees should be treated with fairness and respect and are committed to providing a workplace free from discrimination and harassment. We do not tolerate conduct that creates or fosters an offensive or hostile work environment. Our expectations are communicated by leadership across the organization and are reinforced through our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.



USWS is committed to promoting high standards of integrity by operating in an honest and ethical manner. Our practices and principles for behavior are in line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and are supported by our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, which applies to all employees, members of the Board of Directors, officers and consultants of the company.

At USWS, we:

  • Create a safe and healthy work environment where all individuals are treated with fairness and respect;
  • Do not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on race, religion, gender, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or disabilities or other protected characteristics;
  • Prohibit use of discriminatory slurs; unwelcome, unsolicited sexual advances or harassment; or any other remarks, jokes or conduct that create or foster an offensive or hostile work environment;
  • Forbid the use of forced and child labor;
  • Do not allow or require employees to work more than the maximum number of hours legally permitted by applicable law;
  • Offer competitive pay and provide employees with a strong benefit plans and career development opportunities; and
  • Demonstrate strong environmental stewardship and minimize disruption to the communities where we live and work.

Employees are expected to report any concerns of misconduct to a supervisor or compliance officer. Reports can also be submitted anonymously through a confidential third-party hotline. All reported possible violations are promptly investigated and shared with the Board of Directors as appropriate.



USWS is committed to the communities in which we work and live, and we remain steadfast in earning our social license to operate.

Our commitment begins by protecting the health and safety of those on and around the well site. All of our highly trained employees have the authority to shut down operations if safety concerns emerge. In addition, our remote command center team monitors our operations continuously to identify potential issues and prevent them from occurring.

We also aim to mitigate noise pollution and low frequency vibrations that can cause disturbances to those living in proximity to hydraulic fracturing operations. Through the use of our CleanFleet®, we are able to minimize disruption to local residents while reducing greenhouse gases and other emissions. Our CleanFleet® also eliminates the need for diesel fuel – removing approximately 110 truckloads of diesel from local roads per month, per fleet, in the communities in which we operate.

Finally, we seek to engage with our communities by hiring locally – our workforce is representative of the diverse areas in which we operate.



U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

U.N. Sustainable Development Goal #1: No Poverty

Research demonstrates that ready access to reliable, affordable and clean energy highly correlates to success in poverty prevention, enhancing economic prosperity and benefitting family budgets

U.N. Sustainable Development Goal #9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Our business represents some of the best of what industry has to offer, using innovation in our products and services to deliver better products with lower emissions for the benefit of a sturdy energy infrastructure

U.N. Sustainable Development Goal #7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Affordable and clean energy is at the heart of what we do, providing access to resilient and cost-competitive energy using technology that materially reduces traditional emissions and greenhouse gases

U.N. Sustainable Development Goal #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

With fossil fuels comprising ~80% of the world’s energy consumption, we believe that providing cleaner solutions for accessing these resources is essential to bridging to a sustainable future

U.N. Sustainable Development Goal #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

USWS provides high-paying jobs, meaningful benefits and plentiful opportunities for employee development, while our products are major drivers of consumer benefits and economic growth

U.N. Sustainable Development Goal #12: Responsible Consumption and Production

USWS is committed to responsible consumption, taking steps to increase energy efficiency, while ensuring responsible production through an emphasis on safe and environmentally attractive output

 

U.S. Well Services is committed to high standards of ethical, moral and legal business conduct. In line with this commitment and to uphold the principles in our Code of Business Conduct & Ethics, EthicsPoint, an independent, third party dedicated helpline, was established to encourage our employees and others to report suspected breaches of our code and any illegal or unethical activity. For reporting any compliance concern, please contact our reporting helpline as follows:



The integrity and reputation of USWS depend on the honesty and fairness brought to the job by each person associated with the company. USWS expects our suppliers, contractors and all individuals working at our locations to adhere to our high standards of business conduct and ethics, including a commitment to:

  • Deal honestly and ethically with the company and on the company’s behalf in all matters;
  • Comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations in every country in which the company does business;
  • Act in accordance with company standards, policies and procedures;
  • Protect the health and safety of all employees of the company;
  • Conduct business in an environmentally responsible way that minimizes potential impacts to communities;
  • Avoid actual or apparent conflicts with the company’s interests;
  • Exercise the utmost care when handling confidential information;
  • Ensure that all reports and documents are full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable; and
  • Protect the company’s assets and promote their efficient and legitimate business use.

USWS actively seeks business partners that share our commitment to ethical business practices, and we conduct screenings on all potential consultants and vendors. Our expectations for business practices and principles of behavior are outlined in our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, and any violations of the standards will not be tolerated.