Noble Energy constantly seeks new and innovative ways to safely produce oil and natural gas, while reducing our impact to the environment and local communities. Ten years ago, we began moving to an integrated development plan approach in Colorado, where we have large acreage positions in rural areas and can strategically combine facility locations with innovative processes and the latest technology to reduce our footprint and surface impacts.

Footprint reduction of 99 percent

If you wanted to produce a significant amount of oil and natural gas 10 years ago, you would drill a large number of vertical wells across hundreds of acres. Today, we drill long horizontal wells and use advanced completion technology, known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking, to access the same energy resources deep underground with a fraction of the surface land use.

Today, we are on the fourth generation of the Econode production technology we use in our integrated development plan design. The footprint reduction is remarkable. It now takes only 2.5 surface acres to produce the same amount of energy that previously required 400 surface acres – a reduction in land use of more than 99 percent. To put this in perspective, we utilize two football fields to produce the same amount of energy that previously required more than 300 football fields.

Taking trucks off the road and reducing emissions

In 2017, we avoided more than half a million truck trips – eliminating the need for 36 million miles of truck traffic.

In addition to having a much smaller footprint, our newest production facilities – called Econodes – replace tanker trucks with pipelines to move water, oil and natural gas. In 2017, we avoided more than half a million truck trips – eliminating the need for 36 million miles of truck traffic.

That’s a lot of trucks our employees, friends and neighbors don’t have to see or hear, and it reduces air emissions, too.

24/7 health and safety controls powered by renewable energy

Our Econodes are equipped with state-of-the-art health, safety, clean-air and environmental controls. And we use solar-powered automation and telemetry to monitor and control production operations remotely from our Noble Operations Control Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Overall, the way we plan and build our production facilities shows how technology, innovation and different energy sources working together help us protect the environment.

Local partnerships supporting local jobs

We work closely with a number of local manufacturers to design and build our production facilities. Partnerships like these, between energy producers, the local business community and local workers, explain why oil and natural gas production supports more than 230,000 jobs in Colorado.

Oil and natural gas production is a cornerstone of the Colorado economy. Our partnerships with local businesses and others in the community show that working together, we can have the energy we need, economy we want and environment we all value here in Colorado.

Learn more about how we protect the environment

If you are interested in learning more about how we use innovation and technology to reduce environmental impacts, visit our Noble Neighbor page.