ANGA member companies are committed to developing American natural gas safely and responsibly in order to create jobs, advance clean air and promote U.S. energy security for generations to come. We are keenly aware that with the opportunity vast supplies of natural gas presents comes the responsibility to be dedicated environmental stewards. We are proud of the innovative methods we are developing and using to unlock America's natural gas resources. Here are some examples of how we are taking the lead in safe and responsible development.
ANGA member companies are implementing production innovations to safely and responsibly develop America's natural gas resources. So, it's no surprise that Colorado's main regulatory body for natural gas development, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, recognized Anadarko Petroleum Corp., Noble Energy Inc., Williams Production RMT and Encana Oil & Gas Inc. for being "outstanding operators" in 2010. From leak-prevention to closed-loop recycling systems that eliminate water reserve pits, from reduced land disturbance to community engagement initiatives, our companies are working hard to be good neighbors in the communities where they live and operate.
Congratulations to ANGA member companies Apache and Encana for their dedication to environmental stewardship! Recently, both companies were awarded the Responsible Canadian Energy (RCE) Environmental Performance Award for the Debolt Water Treatment Plant Project. Check out the video for the project here.
Here at ANGA, we are committed to clean, abundant and affordable North American natural gas. We also share a commitment to being responsible stewards of the land and pursuing innovations that continually advance our clean energy future. One recent example comes from member companies Devon and EnCana who are reducing methane emissions through a new carbon credit program.
Colorado is known for its spectacular natural beauty, diverse native wildlife and signature blue skies. And ANGA member companies are stepping up to help preserve the state's vibrant natural habitat, while putting Colorado's vast energy resources to work for the state. Recently, nine energy companies in Colorado announced agreements with the state to protect wildlife and their habitats, including elk, deer and sage grouse, on about 355,000 acres - more than 550 square miles - of the Western Slope.
In early May, Southwestern Energy Company (SWN) opened its first CNG station in Damascus, Ark., approximately 60 miles away from the state's capital, Little Rock. A short distance from SWN's Damascus field office, its primary function is to serve their growing fleet of CNG-fueled vehicles-reducing related traffic emissions through use of clean natural gas. The facility is one of just a handful of CNG stations in Arkansas, and one of only two currently open to the public. With natural gas prices at $1.60 per gallon, it's attracting the attention of area residents. Southwestern is working with other companies to develop the infrastructure and vehicles necessary to make CNG fueling a reality across the United States, and it's just one way they are working toward a more sustainable future using clean-burning, domestic natural gas.