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 protocols to reduce the occurrence and volume of spills, contain spills and protect the environment in which we operate. We work to quickly respond to spill incidents in order to mitigate the potential impact, while communicating with the appropriate federal and state agencies and land owners, as necessary.

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One way Cimarex minimizes the impact of spills to the environment is by using containment types: a constructed and lined containment system or a fully enclosed berm meant to capture releases within the contained area. The containment design of each new facility incorporates industry best practices, complies with federal regulations 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.

In 2020, Cimarex had 71 total reportable spills, down 16% from the 86 reportable spill incidents in 2019, with total released volumes down 12% from total released volumes in 2019. Eighty percent (80%) of the reported 2020 spills released less than 100 barrels per occurrence. Of the total 71 spills in 2020, 72% occurred in containment. Cimarex’s hydrocarbon liquids spill intensity rate decreased 28% versus 2019. The Company’s produced water spill intensity was in line with the previous year.

Spill Intensity Rate1201820192020
Hydrocarbon Liquids0.0013%0.0033%0.0024%
Produced Water0.0015%0.0019%0.0020%
Spill Recovery Rate2
Hydrocarbon Liquids59%75%69%
Produced Water70%82%81%

1Intensity rate is defined as total product spilled divided by gross product produced

2Recovery rate is defined as recovered volumes divided by total spilled volumes by product

The data provided on this page reflects incidents which required reporting to regulatory authorities. Cimarex, however, internally reviews every spill regardless of product type, spill size or regulatory requirements. Internal reviews promote employee awareness of the importance of spill prevention and offers Cimarex the opportunity to undertake proactive measures to reduce future occurrences.

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.

*Reporting requirements for produced water not outlined in Texas Administrative code - XEC best practice is to make a courtesy call for spills ≥ 100 bbls to the RRC