We began to eliminate the use of high-bleed pneumatics in our operations in 2009. Today we have essentially removed all high-bleed controllers in our operations. Our new well sites, located in the SCOOP play of Oklahoma, are being constructed with non-pneumatic controls which are powered by solar energy, instead of natural gas.
In 2015, Newfield worked closely with our midstream partners to improve the capture of our produced gas in the Bakken. As of June 2016, we were able to significantly reduce flared gas volumes by 78.5 percent from 2015 levels. By capturing more gas, we will continue to decrease our greenhouse gas emissions.
We also power our operations with reduced emissions methods wherever feasible.
In the Uinta Basin, we upgraded our own drilling rigs with cleaner-burning engines that meet or exceed EPA Tier 3 standards. Since 2009, we’ve replaced more than 600 of our older pumpjack engines with more efficient clean-burning units, and when a connection to local utilities is possible, well pad operations are powered by electricity.
In our Anadarko Basin operations, we’ve outfitted a number of our rigs with bi-fuel engines that run on natural gas instead of diesel.
We recently completed an environmental impact statement for our Uinta Basin operations, and have voluntarily committed to implementing a comprehensive suite of emission reduction initiatives. These include a continuation of our voluntary leak detection and repair program, installing low-emission equipment, lending technical support to scientific research and conducting air quality training for our employees. Read the full list of our commitments.