Whiting is deeply committed to protecting the environment as we safely and responsibly develop our resources. At all levels within our company, Whiting continuously takes measures to prevent and minimize the environmental impact of our operations. We are also seeking new and innovative ways to reduce pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the company’s carbon footprint and manage waste.
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FACILITY ENVIRONMENTAL INSPECTIONS
Whiting conducts annual comprehensive facility environmental inspections. These inspections assess compliance with Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) and Air Quality related requirements. These inspections are designed to minimize or eliminate potential hydrocarbon releases and reduce environmental impacts.
Periodic stormwater inspections are also conducted at regulated facilities in an effort to identify liquid leak sources, along with sediment discharge, due to stormwater. Through these inspections, Whiting can anticipate failures and make timely repairs of equipment. The stormwater inspections create more reliable equipment, increased capture of natural gas and oil, reduced generation of air pollutants and enhanced prevention of damaging product or sediment releases. This practice also realizes an increased retention of land mass and protection of the environment surrounding our operations.
Whiting is an industry leader in developing industry standards through peer group and agency cooperative efforts. Whiting actively participated in the Colorado Storage Tank Work Group, developed storage tank design guidance documents and operating, maintenance and leak inspection guidelines to reduce emissions and minimize leaks from storage tanks. Whiting continues to participate in various trade groups to exchange technical knowledge, promote innovation and drive successful emission reduction strategies.
Hydraulic fracturing is an important and common practice that is used to stimulate production of hydrocarbons from tight rock formations. The process involves the injection of pressurized water, sand, and a very small amount of chemicals deep underground into oil and gas formations to fracture the surrounding rock and allow oil and gas to reach the well. Hydraulic fracturing has been utilized to complete oil and gas wells for many decades, and it is used in our most active areas located in the states of Colorado, Montana and North Dakota. It allows us to safely and efficiently produce the energy resources that power our lives, reduce the cost of energy, and provide feedstocks for everything from everyday consumer products to important and life-saving technological advances.
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