Corporate Responsibility

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

Spill Prevention

In order to reduce the occurrence of spills and protect local species in the areas in which we operate, Cimarex has implemented spill prevention protocols. We respond quickly to any spill, mitigate its potential impact and communicate with the appropriate governmental agencies.

In 2019, Cimarex had 86 total reportable spills, up slightly from our 80 reportable spills in 2018. Cimarex’s 2019 spilled hydrocarbon volumes represented 0.0012% of gross company hydrocarbon production, while 2019 spilled produced water volumes represented 0.0019% of gross company water production. Of Cimarex’s reportable spills in 2019:

  • 81% released less than 100 barrels per occurrence
  • 64% occurred in containment
  • 67% of released hydrocarbon volumes occurred in containment with a recovery rate of 83%
  • 69% of released produced water volumes occurred in containment with a recovery rate of 95%

While the above and table and charts only include the data Cimarex is required to report to regulators, Cimarex reviews every spill, regardless of spill product or volume or regulatory requirements. These reviews not only promote employee awareness of the importance of spill prevention, but they also help us innovate proactive measures to minimize future occurrences.

One way Cimarex minimizes spill impacts is by using containment. To contain spills, Cimarex’s utilizes a constructed and lined system or a fully enclosed berm, either of which incorporates industry best practices, complies with regulations, and is based on the facility’s proximity to sensitive environmental areas, such as nearby water sources.

During completion operations, Cimarex uses temporary lined containment for all well completions chemicals, fluid tanks and blending equipment. Cimarex uses both fresh and produced water for its completion operations. Surface containment pits are used for storing fresh water only. Produced water, on the other hand, is transported to Cimarex’s locations through a temporary on-demand pipeline system, which reduces the opportunity for spills. For more detailed information, please visit our water resource management page.

Cimarex also is committed to ensuring the integrity of our oil and gas gathering systems, including minimizing the potential for leaks. Cimarex utilizes corrosion protection, such as systematic pigging (to remove potentially corrosive liquids from the pipeline), and conducts regular testing to evaluate the pipeline metal.

Note: Other includes drilling mud, diesel fuels, and chemicals

3Cimarex experienced a significant produced water release in our saltwater disposal system – emergency response protocol was initiated, a full hazard analysis was performed by a third-party, and Cimarex completed the recommended actions

42018 spills adjusted from 2018 report due to correction in company data based on state and federal reporting requirements