Energy companies honored

RBC — Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Executive Director Harris Sherman presented the 2007 Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) Outstanding Operations Awards on July 10 at the COGA Rocky Mountain Natural Gas Strategy Conference held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
Each January, the COGCC places a call for nominations for the awards, which are presented annually and are intended to recognize the extraordinary achievements of the oil and gas industry in Colorado in several operations, environmental, and community involvement categories. These awards honor year 2007 projects that merit special recognition.
Six Colorado operators were honored this year. The honorees were: EnCana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc. with two awards, Chevron North America, Williams Production RMT, Laramie II, Noble Energy and PetroHunter Energy Corporation.
EnCana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc. was recognized with an Environmental Protection Award.
Chevron North America was recognized with a Water Quality Protection Award.
Williams Production RMT, EnCana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc., Laramie II, Noble Energy, and PetroHunter Energy Corporation were all recognized with the Community Relations Award. These five companies have formed the group known as Community Counts to reduce industry impacts to local communities and to provide better communications regarding issues of noise, traffic, dust, odors, speeding and other concerns. The group has posted signs in various areas of Garfield County listing phone numbers for all five participating companies. The signs encourage residents to contact any of the listed companies to report oil and gas industry problems.