Chesapeake Energy Corp. launched a pilot partnership with Denver-based startup Project Canary on April 13 to produce “certified responsibly sourced natural gas” as the U.S. shale producer works toward achieving its ESG goals set upon its recent emergence from bankruptcy.

The initial agreement between Chesapeake and Project Canary includes select wellpads in northeast Pennsylvania and northwest Louisiana. The partnership may be expanded based on initial findings and market conditions, the companies’ joint release noted.

“Through this two-basin partnership, we will be able to further demonstrate our commitment to generating shareholder value and ESG excellence,” Chesapeake CEO Doug Lawler said in a statement. “We are excited to work with Project Canary as we continue to expand our sustainability efforts and deliver top operating performance.”

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