Corporate Responsibility

Our approach is to analyze every project individually to determine its economic, safety and environmental impacts over the life of the project

Hydraulic Fracturing

Hydraulic fracturing, often referred to as “fracing”, is an essential technique in our business and is performed during the completion of our wells. Hydraulic fracturing is the process of injecting a pressurized fluid, comprised mainly of water and sand, into a formation to create a network of linked fractures that allow hydrocarbons to flow into the well casing and to the surface gathering lines. Cimarex monitors wellbore integrity during fracing operations and works to protect local aquifers with steel casing and cement.

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Wellbore integrity

Our focus on wellbore integrity ensures groundwater protection. We utilize multiple layers of steel casing and cement to isolate aquifers from operations. During drilling and completion operations, we continuously monitor a well’s pressure to ensure wellbore integrity remains intact. Pressure monitoring continues throughout the life of the well.

Chemical Usage

Cimarex has been an active participant in FracFocus.org since 2012 and has reported more than 1,200 individual well completions reported to the organization to date. FracFocus is the national hydraulic fracturing chemical registry managed by the Ground Water Protection Council and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. A variety of information can be found in this registry, including chemical usage and the purpose of each chemical. Cimarex evaluates the type and volume of chemicals used in its operations. The chemicals used in a typical well completion represent approximately 0.1% of the total fluid composition used during the fracing operation. Cimarex does not use diesel fuels or BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene) in any of its completions operations.

Sampling

Cimarex established a soil and water sampling protocol in 2012. Sampling is performed prior to drilling operations to provide a baseline of the water and soil quality. This data is used to identify any incremental impact of our operations on levels of certain salts, radioactive elements, metals and chemicals in the water or soil. In circumstances where we need to perform reclamation on a site, we will use this data as a reference to the condition of the property prior to our operations. A copy of the sampling report is available to the property owners.

*Chemicals include biocide, breaker, buffer, clay control, diverter, friction reducer, scale control, and surfactant chemicals