Questar Corporation Case Study

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Questar Corporation is an energy company with assets valued at about $4 billion, and is the main developer of the gas wells around Pinedale Mesa. The Pinedale Mesa is an area famous for as the gateway to the hunting, fishing and hiking treasures of the Bridger-Teton wilderness The city of Pinedale was surrounded by hundreds of recently drilled wells, that were pumping natural gas constantly. The environmentalists were not happy with Questar Corporation because they claimed that the gas drilling operations would negatively affect the wildlife habitats that lives in the Mesa. (Velasquez 297). On the other hand, the natural gas resource that Questar was drilling and pumping from beneath the mesa was a much needed resource that would provide the …show more content…
“The federal government’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was responsible for deciding what was done with acreage on the Mesa” (Velasquez 297). The BLM was to investigate how badly the drilling would affect the wild life of the Pinedale Mesa. They impose several restrictions on Questar Corporation in regards to their operations on the mesa, which was to help to protect the animals that lived in the mesa. An ethical issue that were raised by this case are the gas drilling has threatened the sage grouse. “The sage grouse is a colorful bird that today survives only in scattered pockets in 11 states” (Velasquez 298). There was not enough been done to eliminate the damage that drilling has caused to the sage-grouse and others. Does the need for clean and inexpensive natural gas eliminate the need for a safe environment for the wildlife species? In this case study I will prove answers regarding valuating wildlife species and balancing that value against the economic interests of a society, and also will provide a response to what Questar should have done …show more content…
There needs to be better wildlife management in order to maintain the natural habitat for the animals and plants. One way of valuating the wildlife species is through conservation. Wildlife places should be able to develop with little or no interference from humans. Questar I believe should allocate funds to help with the work of conservation. Conservation is “the saving or rationing of natural resources for later uses” (Velasquez 283). The higher the conservatism cost, then the higher the value. Questar should work with the environmentalists and the government to conserve the wild life habitat. This will help to prevent particular species of animals and plants from becoming extinct. Ecological ethics should be taken into account with business activities of a company. Ecological ethics refers to “the ethical view that nonhuman parts of the environment deserve to be preserved for their own sake, regardless of whether this benefits human beings” (Velasquez 267). The value can also be balanced against economic interests if Questar respects the environment and its natural habitat. Questar should also obey the restrictions given by BLM in regards to their drilling in Pinedale Mesa. On the economic side, “Businesses in and around Pinedale also welcomed the drilling activity, which bought numerous benefits, including jobs, increased tax revenues, and a booming local economy” Velasquez

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