2017-2018 Corporate Responsibility

Fluids Management and Spills

Newfield has controls and programs in place to prevent operational spills. We design our facilities and operate our sites with appropriate containment systems for all operational fluids. In the event of a spill, our employees and contractors are trained to initiate emergency response procedures, mobilize appropriate equipment and adhere to regulatory reporting requirements. Necessary resources are prepared to promptly respond to the incident, remediate the area and return the site to its original condition.

Spills are tracked internally and reported if they meet minimum state and/or federal reporting thresholds. Our Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans and other contingency procedures identify preventative measures to reduce spill risk, and an internal audit protocol for our facilities ensures effective training and inspection for the SPCC program.

In 2018, we launched the “Secure the Valve” initiative in each of our operating areas to raise awareness among our employees and contractors that proper valve positioning is an important step in preventing spills. The program is focused on creating top-of-mind awareness that valves need to be maintained in the proper position, or isolated, to prevent fluid losses from primary containment. The campaign also encourages third-party water haulers to report faulty valves on-site—preventing future spills at load lines. Weather-resistant reminder decals have been placed on location and in close proximity to key valves and load line spill pots.  “Secure the Valve” flyers also are on display and hard hat stickers have been distributed to employees and contractors throughout the Company’s field locations. We will continue to track valve-related spills and monitor the effectiveness of the program throughout the year.


 
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The increase in reportable releases in 2017 is primarily due to a change in reportable volume in Utah. Reportable volumes, required by law, were reduced from 10 barrels to five barrels. As a result, approximately 25 percent of 2017 releases would not have been considered reportable in 2016.

*Produced water includes brine, gel, brackish injections and flowback. Does not include treated or freshwater spills.

**Other includes non-produced fluids such as drilling mud, diesel fuel and chemicals

 


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