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WPX, Williams are separate entities in complex industry

Understanding the complexity of the oil and gas industry is, in fact, one of the most difficult aspects to overcome. In 2012, WPX Energy was created as a new, independent company that separated off of Williams to focus on drilling and production. Today, WPX Energy produces the most natural gas in Colorado, enough to meet the energy needs of 3 million homes per day. Williams is a completely separate company, focused on midstream and processing of natural gas and natural gas liquids. WPX is simply a customer of Williams.

WPX Energy takes very seriously the environmental practices utilized daily in our drilling and production operations. Since 2012, WPX has been recognized by the State of Colorado for environmental and reclamation practices, drilling innovation and technology that reduces impacts on the environment, water quality protection and safety. WPX Energy is committed to continuing to work closely with local governments, the State of Colorado and federal regulators to develop innovations that protect and improve the impacts of development.

Bill Conder’s recent opinion does not distinguish between the two companies, yet he points out several issues that are specific only to Williams, not WPX Energy. It’s understandable why the confusion exists. The complexity of the industry and understanding the difference between the phases of production, and which companies are responsible, is challenging. This is why accepting reporter Scott Condon’s request at the Aspen Times to tour our facilities is important to ensure news reports provide specific information about the industry to build understanding that promotes an informed conversation around responsible oil and gas development in Colorado.

Jeff Kirtland

Community relations representative, WPX Energy

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