Spill Management & Response
In accordance with our HSE Policy, we also protect the environment by reducing the potential for spills in our operations. Continental designs, builds, and operates its facilities to prevent releases, and comply with federal spill prevention, control, and countermeasure requirements, where applicable, as well as state-specific spill requirements. When we have a spill, we act quickly to recover the fluids, remediate the site, and report to the applicable regulatory agency when appropriate. Continental records and investigates every spill, regardless of the volume, to identify any potential gaps or trends. As a proactive measure to limit impacts of a potential spill during our drilling and completion operations, we build berms around the perimeter of our well pads.
Continental’s operations and environmental teams maintain environmental awareness with frequent spill incident discussions during drilling, production, and operation calls, and at safety and contractor meetings, as well as regular sharing of performance data throughout the organization. In addition, continuing focus on capturing information on spills and/or leaks, regardless of the volume, and recognizing and rewarding employees who identify or prevent potential spills in our Brother’s Keeper program helps everyone focus and become more actively involved in spill prevention.
As a result of these efforts, in recent years, incidents have decreased, and spill rates have also been reduced. In 2018, our spill rate and the volumes released increased, largely due to a single incident