Caring about water in Colorado

Since 2003, we have used an extensive water treatment and distribution system to support drilling and well completion operations in Colorado's Piceance Basin. During this same period, the South Piceance Basin team began an ambitious effort to close approximately 180 historic and active pits containing drill cuttings and completion flowback water, the last of which were closed in early 2011.

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Since 2003, we have used an extensive water treatment and distribution system to support drilling and well completion operations in Colorado's Piceance Basin. During this same period, the South Piceance Basin team began an ambitious effort to close approximately 180 historic and active pits containing drill cuttings and completion flowback water, the last of which were closed in early 2011.

The basin has now moved to a closed-loop water management system and we are committed to avoiding construction of any new drilling or flowback pits on pad sites. In doing so, the South Piceance team has been able to address a number of community concerns regarding perceived risks to groundwater and wildlife.

Because of its salt content - up to 30 times higher than drinking water - produced water and completion flowback water are unsuitable for domestic or livestock use. We have facilities in the basin designed to treat and recycle about 45,000 barrels of produced water per day. The produced water from our wells and flowback water from well completion operations is transported to these facilities by an extensive network of pipelines. In the region, we continue to build pipeline infrastructure to minimize the need for trucking water.

Once we recover water through our operations in the Piceance Basin, the water is run through a Dissolved Air Flotation unit for treatment before the water is put into secure water storage ponds. Dissolved Air Flotation is used as a water treatment process to clarify wastewater by removing suspended matter, such as oil or solids. To further reduce air emissions and risk to wildlife, certain storage ponds are also covered.

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