Wellbore Integrity and Completitons - A Higher Standard

Our wells are constructed to the highest standards to ensure protection of groundwater resources and safe operations for the life of the well.

Our wells are constructed to the highest standards to ensure safe and efficient operations and to protect groundwater resources.

Wellbore Integrity:

Our wellbore integrity practices ensure protection of groundwater and safety of oil and gas production operations.

  • Multiple layers of steel casing and cement isolate aquifers from produced oil and gas.
  • Continuous well pressure monitoring during drilling and completion operations ensures wellbore integrity remains intact throughout the process.
  • Once wells are turned to production, monitoring of the wellbore pressure continues throughout the life of the wells.

Participation in the National FracFocus Public Chemical Disclosure Program:

We provide transparency by publicly reporting all chemical usage on 100% of our hydraulic fracturing operations and are an active participant in FracFocus, the national hydraulic fracturing chemical registry, which is also a strict regulatory requirement of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

FracFocus, which is managed by the Groundwater Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, maintains a free public website that allows anyone in the world to see for themselves when, what, and how much of the chemicals were used at each of our oil and gas wells.

 


Hydraulic Stimulation:

Hydraulic Stimulation is a proven and safe oil and gas development technique in use in the United States since the 1940’s. Technological advancements have improved the effectiveness and safely of this practice, which is responsible for unlocking billions of barrels of strategic energy resources and made America much less dependent on foreign energy sources.

Hydraulic Stimulation used in combination with horizontal drilling is essential to the safe and efficient development of tight oil and gas formations located more than a mile underground, far deeper than any fresh water aquifer.

Hydraulic stimulation begins with injecting a mixture of water, sand, and trace amounts of chemical additives (less than one-half of 1%) at high pressures into tight shale formations over a mile below the surface of the earth.  The pressure creates small fractures in the rock that provide a path through which oil and natural gas can flow to the wellbore.

Fluid pumped into the well is then flowed back to the surface in a controlled manner where it is safely transported, primarily by pipeline, to a licensed and regulated disposal well facility.

SRC typical stimulation fluid makeup can be seen in the graphic to the right.

 

Wellbore Integrity Graphic

 

SRC Stimulation Fluid Makeup