QEP is committed to minimizing its impact on air quality, while continuing to meet the energy demands of our nation. We report emissions through the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program and air emissions from production activities are carefully monitored, managed, and reported so they remain within prescribed state and federal limits.
QEP operates in an environmentally responsible manner, continuing to find efficiencies and technological advancements – such as reduced drilling times, green completions, dual-fuel systems, and natural gas and electrification – that will enable us to reduce our emissions even further. Some additional examples include the following:
- We use green completions best practices to promote cleaner air and improve operational efficiencies. Green completions capture methane during the initial phase of flow back from hydraulic fracturing operations, thereby minimizing flaring, reducing emissions and allowing us to sell more gas.
- Wherever possible, we transport produced water by pipeline to reduce truck traffic and emissions.
- Efficiency improvements in the drilling process can also significantly reduce industry emissions. When a rig is capable of drilling wells faster and more efficiently, we experience a decrease in total field (life of project) and per-well emissions. According to QEP company data, we have achieved rig efficiencies of 200% to 400% across our operating areas, resulting in 50% to 75% reductions in total field and per-well emissions. Efficiency in completion operations provides the same emission reduction benefit.
- Wherever possible, we use compressed air as the supply gas for pneumatic controllers.
- We have implemented the use of optical gas imaging (infrared cameras) for our operations. Equipment is inspected when placed into service and as-needed thereafter, in accordance with applicable regulations and best management practices. In addition, audio, visual, and olfactory inspections are used to detect fugitive emissions from equipment leaks. These inspections are conducted whenever operators or personnel are at the facilities.
- We utilize centralized production facilities, which brings multiple producing wells into a single facility. This gives QEP the economies of scale to install advanced emission control equipment and advanced automation equipment to prevent hydrocarbon and water releases. Centralized facilities also significantly reduce surface impact compared to single well facilities.
Green completions are a common practice at QEP. It’s good for the environment and for our business — allowing us to reduce emissions while bringing more oil and natural gas to the market.