Gillette, Wyo. – WPX Energy recently set a new benchmark for one of its longest-held safety records – surpassing 10 consecutive years without a lost-time accident in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin.
Over the past decade, WPX employees in the Gillette area have driven 19.6 million miles – that’s equivalent to about 787 trips around Earth – and they have worked nearly 3 million hours without a lost-time accident, or LTA.
An LTA is a specific reportable incident that employs standards and criteria set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
“This is a pretty amazing feat for energy operations, and I’m very proud of it,” says Bryan Guderian, WPX’s senior vice president of operations.
“We drive a very safety-oriented culture here at WPX, and it starts with the philosophy of incident avoidance. Our training, safety measures and protocols are meant to make people stop, think and conduct themselves in a safe manner at all times.”
WPX prioritizes safety training in its day-to-day operations. For example, when employees undergo safety training, they form goals, measure compliance and discuss how safety procedures are relevant to other operations throughout the company.
“The Powder River team has been very supportive in adopting standards and protocols, and they’ve done a great job maturing them and providing excellent follow-through in everyday practices,” Guderian says.
The Gillette office has 35 employees who have been with WPX for 10 years or longer – 42 percent of the office’s 83 employees. David Clements, a measurement technician, has the longest service record in Gillette with 33 years.
The Gillette office has operations across 398,000 net acres in Campbell and Johnson counties. WPX operates 2,200 wells in the area and has joint ownership interest in another 2,900 wells.
In 2012, the company produced enough natural gas in Wyoming to meet the energy needs of approximately 850,000 homes per day.
In Wyoming, WPX paid approximately $11 million in private royalties last year, along with another $20 million in royalties for its wells on state and federal lands in the Powder River Basin. The company’s statewide payroll in 2012 was $7.8 million.