Our Commitment to the Environment
We are keenly aware of the impact our operations have on our environment, and how our industry is shifting in response to consumer demand, the desire for clean energy resources, and our role in addressing climate change.
We are constantly striving to improve processes, deploy new technology, and train our people to be responsible stewards of our environment.
The innovations we have made for our customers, employees, and communities, are having substantial and beneficial impacts on our environment.
To support this, DWS employs a comprehensive Environmental Emergency Response Plan (EERP) that includes:
- Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC)
- Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3)
- Pennsylvania Preparedness, Prevention, and Contingency Plan (PPC)
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Contingency Plan
From reductions in overall emissions and greenhouse gases (GHG), reduced water usage, to decreased energy consumption, we are continually finding ways to reduce our carbon footprint and operate in the most environmentally friendly ways possible.
EMISSIONS AND GHGs
We have made tremendous strides to reduce emissions and GHGs and have decreased CO2 emissions on long lateral drill out operations by 25%. We offer a service that reduces the overall site operation time and services required to run production tubing after a drill out, which in return lowers the total number of resources needed to perform the operation.
Our one-pick technology eliminates site risk and time by allowing our rigs to safely move while staying connected to the primary BOP stack from well to well in a single pick (crane, ground, space, weight depending). Our investment in efficient stand-alone HCU technology (versus traditional coil or WOR/RA packages) eliminates the need for multiple diesel engines. By utilizing only one engine, this technology results in greater productivity while reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
WATER & EFFLUENTS
We operate a closed loop system which means there is no fluid seepage into the ground as part of our process. All fluids we pump into the well come back at the same volume. This nearly eliminates the potential of soil contamination from occurring. To support this process, we have implemented a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) program in the event any fluids are released. All equipment on a given pad has containment vessels, as well as secondary duck ponds under key equipment. We have reduced total chemical usage in our process by 1/3 and are actively assessing ways to further improve chemical reduction. We do not require fresh water and always use recycled fluids in our drilling operation when possible. In addition, waste oil is recycled or otherwise reused in the wellbore. We have eliminated significant transportation traffic by recycling water and utilizing temporary water pipelines.
Reducing energy consumption is not only good for the environment, it is good for our customers and good for our bottom line. DWS has launched multiple initiatives to reduce energy consumption:
- Transitioned truck fleet from low mile per gallon diesel power to more efficient V6 gas engines
- Installed LED lighting at our NE headquarters, Texas offices, all shop facilities, and on rigs
- Established yard space segregation and containment for recycled material
- Began utilizing solar panels to reduce energy consumption and lower emissions
- Automated business operating systems and the Quality Management System (QMS), reducing paper waste
- Used local supply chain sources to reduce logistic costs and carbon emissions