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JoDell Mizoue

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 both 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. The Federal and State air regulations are always evolving.

EPA issued a new regulatory program in 2016 to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. WPX has been busy developing new compliance processes to address all these requirements and improve our facilities. One example of these improvements is our leak detection and repair programs.

Over the past couple of years, the oil and industry has experienced many challenges associated with flaring. WPX is no exception. JoDell is proud of her team’s participation in WPX’s multi-disciplinary Gas Capture teams that explore ways to minimize flaring, reduce emissions and maintain production. 

Our gas capture teams explore proactive strategies to increase gas sales and reduce flaring. This increases product revenues and minimizes emissions by removing VOCs before the gas is flared. WPX also has reduced visual impacts associated with flares.

Some of our successes have included additional compression, implementing refrigeration and JT plants to recover natural gas liquids (NGLs), and installing flare shields. 

As an oil and gas operator, WPX is tangibly and continuosly investing time and resources to meet compliance expectations. This often requires additional expenditures for emission control equipment and monitoring.

In first-quarter 2018, WPX joined the Environmental Partnership. The working group is comprised of U.S. natural gas and oil companies committed to enhancing and innovating the industry’s environmental performance.

The Participating Companies have agreed to take part in Environmental Performance Programs designed to further reduce emissions of methane and VOCs.

“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 the other talented 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.

JoDell graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1984 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 did air and waste permitting and compliance, water treatment and spill prevention for the energy sector.

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.”

 

“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.

“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.”


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