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Responsible Operations

At SM Energy, we take very seriously the manner in which we conduct our business. We strive to be recognized as an operator, employer, partner and customer of choice.


We are proud of our strong safety culture at SM Energy. We conduct our business in a manner that focuses on safeguarding the environment and protecting the health and safety of all. We strive to achieve performance excellence in EHS management, and our Board sets annual EHS performance goals that impact the compensation of all employees.

We strive to conduct our operations in a manner that demonstrates adherence to high ethical standards, the proper stewardship of natural resources, compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and commitment to operational excellence. We have a “Stop Work Authority” directive at all of our sites that empowers any employee or contractor to stop any work they believe is being conducted in an unsafe manner.

Our facilities are regularly inspected by SM Energy employees and consultants, and periodically by regulatory officials. We also routinely conduct safety meetings with our employees and contractors to help ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies.


We strive to operate in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, in support of our industry’s efforts to ensure the supply of sustainable, abundant, and affordable energy.

We are committed to protecting the environment and being a good steward of shared natural resources. We strive to operate in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, in support of our industry’s efforts to ensure the supply of sustainable, abundant and affordable energy.

Stakeholder Engagement

We believe that open and honest dialogue with all stakeholders best prepares us to be good neighbors.

We regularly engage with the communities where we live, work, and operate because we believe that open, honest dialogue with all stakeholders helps make us a good neighbor.
By proactively engaging with local officials, landowners, and emergency responders, we are able to quickly identify and address concerns related to our operations.

For example, SM Energy field tours have become a part of the annual curriculum for the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership course in Big Spring, Texas. Educating leaders in the community about our business gives them a better understanding of our industry and the positive contributions SM Energy has on their community.