Reporter Frances Madeson recently reached out to us to talk about the formation of our Rodeo unit.
We covered a variety of topics, including the “wash station” you see pictured, which helps ensure that we’re not tracking mud and sediment off of our current drilling site.
In the interest of transparency, the reporter’s questions and our detailed responses are listed below:
1. With respect to the state application for approvals in connection with the Rodeo unit, is WPX considering concerns about setbacks expressed by the community after the Nageezi fire?
WPX’s Response: Navajo allottees are our business partners and we work together on energy development. Setbacks are negotiated in each lease agreement with allottees. Before we construct a drill site, we obtain input from the resident and regulatory agencies. For example, a resident may have a preference on the path or placement of a road that leads into a site. Last week (Jan. 17) we held an informational meeting in Farmington for allottees who are part of the Rodeo Unit. Roughly 200 people attended. The feedback we heard pertained to the timing of development, environmental compliance, the leasing process and how royalties are paid and administered. If the unit is approved, our first drill site in the unit is planned for this year. The nearest structure to that particular location is roughly 4,700 feet away (note: a mile is 5,280 feet).
2. Has WPX provided a copy of their Emergency Plan to any of the chapter houses?
WPX’s Response: For clarity, emergency management plans are kept and maintained by the county, San Juan County Emergency Management. We have met with the Nageezi Chapter House President and Chapter Coordinator twice since the July fire, including making introductions for them with San Juan County Emergency Management. Additionally, we have followed up on our pledge to provide key essentials at the chapter house for anyone that should find themselves displaced for any type of emergency evacuation. We provided air mattresses, blankets, personal products, cleaning supplies, bottled water and snacks.
3. Are there any plans to assist local communities with repairing roads?
WPX’s Response: Our permits stipulate that we take care of the roads that lead to our drill sites. We do this with permission from the county. For our part, we also have made significant investments in infrastructure to take as many trucks off the road as possible. For example, we have installed gathering pipelines in our operating area to transport oil, water and natural gas from our production sites. This eliminates a lot of truck trips for oil and water hauling. At our current drill site in the basin, we have also installed wash stations (see picture) for trucks to help ensure that we’re not tracking mud and sediment off our site considering the weather conditions we’ve been dealing with.