Pioneer works with regulators and landowners to minimize surface impacts from our operations. One of our key initiatives to reduce our surface footprint is drilling multiple wellbores from a single location. In 2015 we drilled from more than 109 locations utilizing multiple wellbores in our key operating areas.
Since 2013 Pioneer has hosted environmental enforcement workshops in the Permian Basin and in South Texas to advance employee and local law enforcement officer education on issues related to oilfield waste. Attendees have learned about proper oilfield waste management in training sessions and six-hour workshops. The collaborative education between the enforcement agencies and an oil and gas company is the first of its kind in Texas. Law enforcement has commended Pioneer on the commitment and standard of performance in environmental compliance within our communities.
We believe that spills in our operations are preventable, and we train employees through Pioneer’s comprehensive environmental courses on how to prevent spills. Our engineers design and build facilities with spill prevention in mind, to protect the environment in those instances when spills occur. We invest in containment equipment, perform regular inspections and periodically update our spill response plans to comply with regulations. We work diligently to prevent spills, to respond quickly and to remediate impacted areas. We investigate all spills to determine cause and corrective actions. We track the number and volume of spills and disclose agency-reportable spills according to regulation. In 2015 we had 327 oil/condensate spills of more than 1 barrel (42 gallons), totaling 2,657 barrels. This represents 0.0225 barrels (0.94 gallons) of oil spilled per thousand barrels of oil equivalent produced, based on gross production.
Pioneer is committed to preserving our environmental heritage through safe, efficient and environmentally sound business practices and operations.
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Our team of air quality experts communicates and coordinates internal compliance with state and federal regulations, while operations departments develop emissions-reducing solutions.
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Pioneer looks for innovative solutions to reduce water consumption, protect groundwater quality and respond transparently to public interest.