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Largest Producer in Colorado

We produce more natural gas in Colorado than anyone else in the state and do it 20 to 30 percent more efficiently than our peers. Our 4,700 active wells produce enough to fuel 2.5 million homes per day.

Technological Firsts

We’ve made major innovations and are using the lessons learned here throughout our operations.

  • We put our rigs on tracks. Instead of having to move the rig and build a new pad, it slides, saving time and money.
  • We built a rig that runs entirely on natural gas. They’re less expensive and have far lower emissions.
  • We were one of the first to use Poly Diamond Crystal drill bits, which are faster and don’t break.
  • Through the use of multi-pad drilling, we can drill as many as 22 wells from a single pad. And in the process, we use 75 percent less surface.
  • The remote fracturing pads we developed, close to a football field away from the wells, make fracturing faster and more efficient.
  • We were the first to bring aspects of an offshore technology (SIMOPS) onshore. We found a way to drill, complete and produce wells on the same pad at the same time.
  • We worked with Nabors Drilling Company to modify an existing rig to fit into the tight, narrow canyons and topography of the Rocky Mountains. This split rig requires about half the acreage of a typical drilling pad.

economic impact

$200 million

2015 capital budget for drilling in the Piceance Basin

$123 million

Royalties received by private landowners in 2014

$41 million

Ad valorem and personal property taxes paid in 2014

$66 million

Royalties for our in-state wells on federal lands in 2014



Vendors and service providers we’ve used in Colorado

Water Management

We can recycle up to 100% of the water we use at our multiphase filtration plants in Parachute and Rulison depending on the pace of our drilling program. In fact, we’ve used some of the water for five years. It’s more environmentally friendly, more efficient and in the long run, it’s very cost-effective.

Drilling Innovation

We worked with Nabors Drilling Company to modify an existing rig to fit into the tight, narrow canyons and topography of the Rocky Mountains. This split rig requires about half the acreage of a typical drilling pad.

Committed to Colorado

In addition to our economic benefits, we helped found the Community Counts organization and response line in Western Colorado to promote an open dialogue with community members.

Contact Community Counts: 1.866.442.9034

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Community Contacts

Learn more about WPX Energy in your community. Contact the representative for your area:

Susan Alvillar
Jeff Kirtland

Leasing Information

For information on leasing your mineral rights with WPX, please contact the WPX representative in your area:

Ilene Cohen

Direct Pay Tax Permits

The following resources provide updated information on our name change (from various Williams entities to WPX Energy entities) and for our direct pay tax permits.

Information on Name Change
Direct Pay Permit State of Colorado
Direct Pay Permit Garfield County
Direct Pay Permit Rio Blanco County

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Hydraulic Fracturing

Hydraulic Fracturing

We were one of the first producers to voluntarily disclose details about hydraulic fracturing.

The Strength of Our People

The Strength of Our People

Learn what it’s like to work at WPX. We’re always looking for great people to join our team.

Ten Years. Zero Accidents.

Ten Years. Zero Accidents.

Our staff in the Powder River Basin has gone 10 years without a lost-time accident.

Giving Back

Giving Back

Learn how WPX benefits the communities where we operate.

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