Corporate Responsibility

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

Water Resource Management

XEC-engineered riser for water reuse access

Water is a critical component in oil and gas operations, and Cimarex focuses on efficient management of water across the operations cycle. Our operations team developed an on-demand pipeline system that ties into our existing saltwater gathering and disposal infrastructure so that we can recycle produced water from our oil and gas wells to use as source water for our completion operations. This system reduces the Company’s need to purchase fresh or brackish water for Permian Basin hydraulic fracturing operations. As water volume requirements for stimulation operations have grown, Cimarex has been able to procure the additional water requirements through this system. Permian Basin source water was comprised of 73% recycled volumes versus 64% in 2019, while total sourced water in the basin decreased by 47% year-over-year due to decreased activity levels. In addition to our own produced water, Cimarex actively investigates alternative means to minimize fresh water needs, such as sourcing produced water from third-party disposal facilities and other offset operators. When recycled water volumes do not fulfill our stimulation requirements, Cimarex purchases water, including brackish and other non-potable water, from third-party sources. 

All gathered produced water in excess of volumes used for a completions operation is disposed of in saltwater disposal (SWD) wells. We use our gathering system to transport these excess volumes to SWD wells, which we typically own and operate (third-party SWD wells utilized when necessary). When determining the location and underground formation of our SWD wells in both the Permian Basin and Mid-Continent, we forecast produced water rates for future development needs and consider any potential seismic impact. We also review the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) programs of the third-party operators of SWD wells that dispose of our produced water to ensure they are operating at a high standard.

In the Mid-Continent, we primarily source our completion water needs from local rivers. We regularly assess community needs for water versus industry demand. If community constraints are forecasted, Cimarex is prepared to move to alternative water sources. The oil and gas wells in the Mid-Continent produce significantly lower volumes of water than the Permian Basin, and the majority of our Mid-Continent water production is associated with completion operations. As a result, the water production is short-lived and is piped or trucked to SWD wells, most of which we operate. Any third-party operators that we use for water disposal are vetted to ensure that they are operating at a high standard.