Anadarko, Skyline among winners of Earth Day awards from Utah DOGM
Utah Governor Gary Herbert will present 2012 Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining Earth Day Awards to five companies which have demonstrated their willingness to go beyond what is required by regulation to protect Utah's environment while developing essential natural resources.
The awards will be presented during a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, in the auditorium of the Department of Natural Resources, 1594 West North Temple, Salt Lake City.
Awards will be presented to Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Canyon Fuel Company's Skyline Mine, Questar Pipeline Company, Simplot Phosphates, and Western Clay Company. Each of these companies, through various projects, has exceeded regulatory requirements to protect or restore the environment during their operations.
Anadarko has taken steps to decrease land disturbance during drilling operations by the use of directional drilling from fewer drill pads, and conducting interim reclamation of disturbed areas. This program has resulted in what was once an 85 acre footprint for drilling to less than two acres.
Canyon Fuel Company's Skyline Mine selected a more environmentally friendly alternative for construction of a ventilation portal in the historic Winter Quarters Canyon in spite of significantly increased costs. This decision resulted in a much smaller pad that preserved a creek and the historic nature of the canyon
While installing a new natural gas transmission pipeline in Uintah County, Questar Pipeline Company went to extraordinary lengths to preserve the scenic characteristics along the Lower Green River Corridor. The company's attention to the route selected, as well as construction techniques maintained the existing character of the landscape.
Simplot Phosphates undertook a stream bank stabilization and restoration project on Big Brush Creek in a bend that if left to natural forces could potentially jeopardize Highway 191, phone lines, and a natural gas pipeline. Simplot stabilized the stream bank to prevent further erosion.
Western Clay Company operates the Aurora Clay Pit. Western Clay voluntarily reclaimed an existing pre-law pit adjacent to its mining site. This reclamation reduced a public safety hazard for ATV riders and returned the land to a wildlife use area.
The Board of Oil, Gas and Mining has presented Earth Day Awards since 1991. More than 100 Earth Day awards have been presented since the start of the program. The essential requirement for receiving an award is that a company, organization or individual must voluntarily perform work that significantly enhances or improves the environment even though such action is not required by law.