JoDell Mizoue, environmental manager for WPX, leads a team of air quality, permitting and greenhouse gas reporting experts.
This includes WPX environmental specialists, along with numerous vendors and contractors. These individuals support air quality protection for all of WPX’s operating areas.
Their list of responsibilities grows with each new regulation, including:
- performing regulatory applicability evaluations
- permitting air emission sources
- collecting air samples
- conducting inspections
- building emission source inventories
- calculating emissions
- evaluating greenhouse gas emissions for reporting
- ensuring proper emission controls are in place
- and complying with applicable permits and regulations.
“Some sources, like our engines, are subject to the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards, which means that we ensure emission tests are done, run-time hours are tracked and preventative maintenance activities are completed and documented,” JoDell says.
Federal and state regulatory changes keep JoDell’s organization on their toes.
EPA is considering making the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone more stringent. States are required to establish implementation plans to meet the tighter standards.
The agency also is working on a new regulatory program to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.
As an oil and gas operator, WPX is committed to investing time and resources to meet compliance expectations. This often requires additional expenditures for emission control equipment and monitoring.
Other regulations coming out include the second part of EPA’s New Source Performance Standard, or NSPS Quad O.
The first part focused on emissions from production storage tanks and flowback operations for natural gas wells. The proposed second part will focus on emissions from flowback operations of oil wells, pneumatic pumps and potential equipment leaks.
“Everything we do is air related – making sure WPX has the right permits to operate, and complies with them. We work across the different phases of development, from completing a well to its production lifecycle,” JoDell says.
“With all of the information we track, we want to find better and faster ways to collect the data and manage it long-term using new technology tools.”
JoDell’s team receives data from WPX’s measurement, production, operations and completions groups. She says the best part of her job is working with her fellow air professionals and getting to know people throughout the company.
Her job is rarely the same from one day to the next. She spends about 20-30 percent of her time in the field, which includes meeting with agencies and inspectors who visit our sites.
She also is involved with industry work groups that examine proposed regulations and their impact on operations.
JoDell graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.
“My first job out of school was working as a process engineer for a semiconductor company. A lot of us ‘ChemEs’ worked for chip manufacturing companies back then,” she says.
Prior to joining WPX, JoDell worked for several environmental engineering and consulting companies.
She was doing air and waste permitting and compliance, water treatment and spill prevention for the oil and gas industry.
JoDell is a native Coloradan and has been married to her husband, Paul, for more than 25 years. They have two adult children, Kyle and Alix.
JoDell met Paul on a blind date.
“It was funny, actually,” JoDell says. “He picked a Moroccan restaurant, which neither of us had ever experienced, and we sat on the floor, ate with our hands, and laughed the whole time.”