Energy firms awarded for environmental and recycling efforts

Energy companies with exploration and production operations in Western Colorado were among the latest winners of awards presented by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

Anadarko Petroleum, East Cheyenne Gas Storage, Encana Oil and Gas (USA), Oxy USA, SG Interests I and WPX Energy received outstanding operator awards.

Encana earned recognition for environmental protection and reclamation, including its “one touch” method to reclaim disturbed sites in the Piceance Basin of Western Colorado as well as efforts to convert drilling rigs and company vehicles to natural gas. Encana also helped fund compressed natural gas fueling stations in Grand Junction and Rifle.

Oxy USA received recognition for recycling and reuse, including efforts to filter up to 10,000 barrels of produced water a day for drilling, fracturing and completion operations in the Piceance Basin. The company estimates that 1.6 billion barrels of water have been recycled for reuse through the program. Oxy USA also installed a system of pipelines to reduce water truck traffic.

WPX Energy earned recognition for environmental protection through its efforts to reduce the effects of its operations in Western Colorado and minimize waste. The company created a new split rig design to accommodate steep terrain as well as reduce the size of operations. Automated water treatment facilities in Parachute and Rulison as well as a network of pipelines in the Piceance Basin reduced water truck trips by 95 percent and water handling costs by 60 percent. In another project, WPX Energy solidified and stabilized drill cuttings by blending them with a fiber product derived from beetle-killed trees.