ECA committed to the environment

To the Editor, There has been a great deal of interest concerning Energy Corporation of America’s (ECA) recent grand opening of our new office in Billings and misinformation regarding our potential future operations in the area. That is why I want to take this opportunity to clarify some points with local residents and help you understand more about ECA, our operations, and values. ECA has been operating in Montana for decades. Our existing operations are near Roscoe, northwest of Red Lodge. These operations represent traditional oil and gas development – they are limited in aerial extent and our plans there do not include significant hydraulic fracturing. We have located our Rockies District Office in Billings because we are now beginning exploratory activities for potential future operations. These new areas are located southeast of Red Lodge, in Montana and Wyoming, and not adjacent to the Beartooth Mountains. However, we are extremely early in the process. We are just exploring the potential for development at this point and in fact, the areas may never be developed. ECA is committed to being a very good environmental steward. Should we discover resources, local residents can be confident that ECA is the best at recovering them. We are experts – we do it very well, and we do it safely and cleanly. In fact, we have an exceptional environmental record both in Montana and across the country. For those with questions about water management – for the majority of our current drilling operations companywide, ECA incorporates an innovative process for recapturing, treating, and reusing water utilized in our operations. This process helps to minimize water usage and disposal. And, we are upfront and transparent with local residents. In fact, as a participant in Frac Focus, the chemicals used in our operations are available to the public (FracFocus.org) and this database is updated frequently. ECA has a long and proven history of demonstrating great commitment to the communities where we operate. Through the ECA Foundation, the company dedicates nearly seven percent of profits to local communities and over the last 15 years, ECA has donated around $25 million to local communities across the country. Residents of Montana can expect this same commitment from ECA. We are excited to now be in Billings and are really looking forward to growing here, bringing good-paying jobs, and millions of dollars of investment to the state. We have already had the pleasure of creating a new position to enable a Montana native to return home from living in the east and another that has allowed a local Billings resident to find a job and remain there. If you have questions about ECA, our operations, or our involvement in the community, please visit us at energycorporationofamerica.com. If you still have questions, contact us directly at info@energycorporationofamerica.com. Kyle Mork Chief Operating Officer Energy Corporation of America