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1Col Piceance WaterWater management is one of the things that companies who produce oil and gas have to do really well. At WPX, we work with care, train our employees and have invested millions of dollars in water treatment and recycling facilities.

Reporting spills is part of this process and our commitment to comply with state requirements. Today, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission requires operators to report any spill involving one barrel (42 gallons) or more of fluid.

In 2014, WPX handled more than 19 million barrels (798 million gallons) of water, liquids and fluids in our local drilling and production operations in western Colorado’s Piceance Basin. For some context, that’s enough liquid to fill more than 1,200 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

So how’d we do? Of that amount, we kept 99.983 percent of the water and fluids “in the swimming pool” so to speak, or more precisely, where that water was supposed to be – in pipes, tanks, equipment, trucks, etc.

The amount we spilled – 0.017 percent – was less than one quarter of one percent. We documented each of these occurrences – 85 reported in all totaling 3,400 barrels – according to requirements.

About a quarter of the spills occurred in areas where we had lined containment. Additionally, 90 percent of the 3,400 barrels stayed on drilling pads where we ultimately recovered about 87 percent of the spilled  volumes.

99.9 is a strong success rate, but we’re committed to constant improvement. Spill prevention is where we and our contractors can make the biggest, most beneficial impact.

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We’re grateful for the honors that come with receiving more than 40 local, state and national awards for the way we do business.

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WPX has more than 217,000 net acres in the San Juan Basin, including approx. 85,000 acres in the Gallup oil window.



In addition to a 401k match, WPX also makes annual contributions to employee 401k accounts ranging from 6-8% of salary based on age.

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