Air Quality


Emission reductions achieved through implementation of aggressive, and in many cases, voluntary measures, including:

  • Liquids Gathering System
  • Advanced emission controls on drill rig and completion engines
  • Low/no bleed pneumatic control devices
  • Infrared camera inspections
  • Electrification of natural gas engines



Wildlife


  • Annual contributions to Wildlife Mitigation and Monitoring Fund
  • Sound and light reduction for sage grouse
  • Coordinated year round development
  • Allows for concentrated activity
  • Leaves large contiguous blocks of habitat available to big game and sage grouse
  • Conserves migration corridors
  • Directional drilling minimizes surface disturbance
  • Annual contribution to Livestock Mitigation Fund
  • Funding of comprehensive studies of habitat and behaviors for mule deer, pronghorn and sage grouse



Water Conservation and Protection


  • Comprehensive groundwater characterization study of the Pinedale Anticline
  • Monitoring water quality since 2004
  • 100% recycled water for completions
  • Back flow prevention on all active water supply wells
  • Full suite of Best Management Practices to ensure long-term groundwater protection:
    • Planning and site selection to minimize risk
    • Construction to manage surface water, erosion and spills
    • Drilling using closed loop systems; casing and cementing program with multiple layers of isolation; real time monitoring for rapid response
    • Production practices to minimize spills; real time facility monitoring
    • Measures to ensure quality interim and final reclamation
    • Plugging and Abandonment and pad decommissioning measures

Hydraulic Fracturing


  • Safe and proven technique has been used for more than 60 years
  • Well construction and completions procedures include numerous barriers between hydraulic fracturing fluid and groundwater
  • Extensive monitoring and diagnostics
  • Reporting to fracfocus.org
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