State commission issues awards to local gas operators
The commission that oversees the oil and gas industry in Colorado has granted awards to several companies that operate in Garfield County, recognizing them as “Outstanding Operators in 2010.”The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) announced on Wednesday a group of awards to “recognize the accomplishments of the oil and gas industry in operational and environmental areas as well as in community involvement,” according to a COGCC statement.The awards were announced at the annual operators conference of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, an industry advocacy group.This is the 15th year for such awards.Companies working in Garfield County that received awards include:• Noble Energy Inc., for its use of closed-loop systems at all 600 wells drilled statewide in 2010, which the COGCC says have eliminated reserve pits, reduced land use impacts, sped up land reclamation and resolved concerns associated with how to dispose of pit liners.• Williams Production RMT, for creating a contractor training program to improve prevention and management of spills involving well-completion fluids, training more than 140 people.• Williams Production RMT also was praised for having worked closely with the community in Parachute to successfully manage a pad with 15 wells in the heart of town near the town hall, police station and library. The company was also recognized for its related communications plan for sending regular emails to update interested residents and hosting a billboard with the names and phone numbers of two Williams officials residents can contact with questions.• EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. was recognized for employing the newest technology to drill 53 wells at a single pad site in Light Gulch, a tributary of Parachute Creek. “Space limitations in the narrow valley required careful staging and dispersed operations, resulting in smaller areas of disturbance and smaller scale storm water controls,” the award statement said.The company’s actions were credited with having “shortened the time from drilling to production by many months as many early wells on the pad had been drilled, logged, cased, cemented, stimulated, and turned to production even as the last wells on the pad were still being drilled.”Other companies recognized for their accomplishments in 2010 operating elsewhere in Colorado include Anadarko Petroleum and BP America.
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