Water Resource Management - Responsible Operations

Water is a precious and limited resource in Colorado. Even though the total volume of water used by the oil and gas industry in Colorado is equivalent to less than one-half of one percent of the state’s water use (Colorado Department of Natural Resources), we are committed to responsible water use in all our operations. 

We begin by obtaining industrial use fresh water from nearby sources and then use pipelines to safely transport both fresh and produced water. Our water protection programs include:

Baseline Groundwater Sampling Program:

We sample fresh water wells in the vicinity of our operations both before drilling and after the completion of oil and gas wells to document protection of the fresh water aquifers and landowners.  Sampling and water analyses are performed according to strict state regulatory requirements and the results are shared with landowners in person and with the public on the transparent state website.

Stormwater Discharge Management:

As part of our rigorous Stormwater Management Plan, we employ Best Management Practices (BMPs), including silt fences, check dams, and berms designed to prevent the potential runoff of silt and other material from our well sites and production facilities onto adjacent property and into nearby surface waters. And, we don’t stop there, as these BMPs are routinely inspected and properly maintained through the life of the facility. When economic operations have been completed, the locations are reclaimed to original contours and revegetated.

Spill and Release Prevention and Response:

All spills or releases of produced fluids that occur on an SRC operated location are reported in accordance with COGCC Rule 906.b. To minimize the potential impact of any new spills or releases, equipment that moves or stores fluid is placed in areas that are protected by containment to prevent any spilled fluid from impacting soil. Even though a spill may occur in a containment area, it is still reported to the COGCC as required by Rule 906.b.

SRC reported 14 spills and releases in 2018. Of these, nine were “historical releases”, or releases that occurred at older vertical well sites prior to SRC becoming the operator of the well site. These historical releases were discovered by SRC during the process of plugging and reclaiming the sites and replacing them with much higher integrity horizontal development. Historical releases are remediated in accordance with Rule 906.c which may require a Site Investigation and Remediation Workplan be submitted to the COGCC Director.

The volume of the five new spills represents a release rate of 0.001% of all fluids (oil and water) that were produced by SRC in 2018.


SRC Secondary Containment


Flowline Pressure Testing Maintenance, and Decommissioning:

SRC Energy is in compliance with both the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Notice to Operators and the subsequent COGCC rule revisions for flowline pressure testing, ongoing maintenance and repair, spill and release reporting and decommissioning.



Wellbore Integrity Graphic

SRC Secondary Containment