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BMP ID: 6282
Title: Construct facilities outside and away from areas of environmental interest
Text: 2008 BLM BMP Award to BP: "If drilling near sensitive wildlife areas, construct central production and storage facilities outside and away from areas of environmental interest."
Source Publication Name: BLM 2008 Best Management Practices Awards
Citation Section: Reducing Energy "Footprint" on Public Lands, BP America Production Company, Devon Energy Corporation, Questar Exploration and Production
Citation Page: 1
Supplemental Documents:  
Usage Type: Recommended
Timing: • Drilling
• Production / Operation / Maintenance
Oil / Gas Field: Wamsutter Natural Gas Field (GREATER GREEN RIVER)
Surface Ownership: • Federal
• State
• Private
Mineral Ownership: • Federal
• State
• Private
Primary Contact: Ruth McCoard
Bureau of Land Management
Phone:202-452-5068     Alt. Phone:
Fax:     E-mail: 
Alternate Contact:  
Categories: Wildlife
Location: Wyoming
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Cost-Benefit Analysis:
BMP Efficacy: BP America Production Company won the Bureau of Land Management's 2008 award for Best Management Practices for their holistic oil and gas development of the Wamsutter Field in Wyoming by "drilling multiple wells on single pads and locating centralized production facilities outside of critical wildlife habitats. The company also retrofitted existing drilling rigs with cleaner engines and incorporated 'green' completions into drilling operations to reduce methane and nitrous oxide emissions. Science-based pilot reclamation projects and an industry workshop with the BLM Rawlins Field Office promoted reductions in surface disturbance through improved reclamation practices."
Date Entered: 2009-10-15 10:15 UTC
Last Updated: 2010-02-21 12:05 UTC