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

Cimarex has implemented spill prevention protocol reduce the occurrence of spills and protect the local species in the areas in which we operate. We respond quickly to any spill, mitigate its potential impact and communicate with any federal and state agencies as necessary.

In 2018, Cimarex had 82 total reportable hydrocarbon and produced water spills (or releases), up from the 36 reported in 2017. Ninety percent (90%) of the reported 2018 spills released less than 100 barrels per occurrence. The majority of these volumes were recovered, with 59% of released hydrocarbons recovered and 87% of released produced water recovered. Of the total hydrocarbon and produced water released volumes 58% and 89%, respectively, occurred within containment. Spilled hydrocarbon volumes represented 0.0005% of company hydrocarbon equivalents production and produced water spill volumes represented 0.003% of company water production.

Spill Intensity Rate* 2016 2017 2018
Hydrocarbon 0.0028% 0.0003% 0.0005%
Produced Water 0.006% 0.016% 0.003%

*Intensity rate is defined as total product spilled divided by gross product produced

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Constructed lined containment system

The data provided in the table above and charts only represent data required to be reported to regulatory authorities. Cimarex internally reviews every spill regardless of product type, spill size or regulatory requirements. Internal reviews not only promote employee awareness of the importance of spill prevention, but helps us to undertake proactive measures to minimize and eliminate future occurrences.

One way Cimarex minimizes spill impacts is by using one of two containment types: a constructed and lined containment system or a fully enclosed berm to capture releases within the contained area. The containment design of each facility incorporates industry best practices and considers the facility's proximity to sensitive areas, such as nearby water sources.

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Temporary lined containment for completion operations

During completion operations, Cimarex utilizes temporary lined containment around all fracing chemicals, fluid tanks and blending equipment. Surface containment pits, which are used for storing water prior to completion operations, are used for fresh water only. Any produced water used in completion operations is transported to the wellsite through a temporary on-demand pipeline system, avoiding potential produced water spills from leaks in liners associated with surface containment pits. More detailed information can be found on our water resource management page.

Cimarex is committed to ensuring the integrity of our operated oil and gas gathering systems to minimize the potential for leaks. Elements of the program include the use of corrosion protection, systematic pigging to remove potentially corrosive liquids from the pipeline and testing to evaluate the pipeline metal.

*Other includes drilling mud, diesel fuels, and chemicals