EagleRidge Energy is an Independent Oil & Gas Acquisition, Development & Production Company. The primary focus of operations is in the Barnett Shale of North Texas. EagleRidge currently has nearly 20,000 net acres leased in Denton, Wise, Tarrant and Stephens counties with many wells currently operating.
EagleRidge Energy was created as a company dedicated to developing our natural resources, however, also as a company dedicated to doing things the right way. We employ best practices for development to assure that every well is managed safely, that the environment is protected and that neighborhoods are protected as these resources are developed.
As a company, we are committed to the communities in which we conduct operations. Our employees and their families live in the cities, towns and rural areas that are located in the region encompassing the Barnett Shale. We believe that it is our corporate responsibility to protect the health and welfare of everyone in our community.
EagleRidge Operations are a part of being a good corporate citizen to it landowners, neighbors, employee and contract worker’s. EagleRidge Energy’s commitments are reflected in operating standards that often exceed the requirements of the EPA, the state railroad commission and the local communities in which we operate. Such as:
- Green Completions – Since the formation of EagleRidge Energy in January of 2009, EagleRidge Energy has performed “green completions” on all of its gas wells in Denton & Wise County.
- Pits – EagleRidge Energy only utilizes closed loop systems & does not use drilling or fracing pits in Denton or Wise County. This decision was made in 2011. When EagleRidge Energy acquired some of the wells in this area, there were 4 open drilling pits already on location, all of those pits were closed in accordance with Railroad Commission rules & regulations.
- Quieter Drilling Rigs – EagleRidge Energy utilizes diesel electric rigs which are much quieter & well below the maximum decibels of many local Development Code requirements.
- Sound Monitors – EagleRidge Energy monitors their rigs for sound to verify that it meets all specs within the development codes and operates below the maximum allowed decibels.
- Oil Collecting Boats – During fracing operations, EagleRidge Energy places oil collecting boats under all of the trucks & equipment.
- Limiting New Drilling Sites – EagleRidge Energy utilizes a combination of sites on our leases and pre-existing vertical well locations to reduce the need for any new sites or locations within the Denton area.
- Gate Guards to protect citizens and drilling locations. – EagleRidge Energy provides gate guards at the location entrances during fracing & drilling operations where needed to protect both the citizens & the locations.
- Cleaning Up Old Well Sites – EagleRidge Energy has cleaned up over 50 existing well locations purchased from bankrupt operators which have now been brought up to new standards and the new rules.
- Doubling up Site Security – All gates are kept closed unless work is being performed on EagleRidge Energy’s gas well locations or unless the ranch landowner is performing necessary cattle operations, etc. Even if unlocked, all wellheads & tank batteries have their own separate locked security fences for protection.
- Video Security Cameras on Well Sites – EagleRidge Energy may use a series of video security cameras that are periodically moved to watch for theft, and any other issues that may take place on our locations.
- Water Disposal and Recycling – All water is disposed of by a licensed and permitted water hauler with the Texas Railroad Commission. Our goal is to be good stewards of the resources we use, and to use the new technologies for cleaner and better operations.
- Updated Permits and Emergency Response Plans – On many of our existing locations, EagleRidge Energy has updated through the Fire Department, the Gas Well Operational permits & additional Gas Well Permits that were not required, MSDS sheets & updated emergency response plans. Eagle Ridge Energy continuously takes proactive steps to work with local fire departments and to insure safe gas well operations.
- Setting Higher Standards – EagleRidge Energy believes that both for our community partners and our investment partners it is important to utilize the best practices of the industry. Practices that go above and beyond to assure the safety of the community and our workers.
At EagleRidge Energy, we are on the cutting edge of the Energy revolution in America. A revolution that requires EagleRidge Energy and others to be committed to the principals that are best practices for safety, protection of the environment and productivity.
How Is Water Used in a Crude Oil or Natural Gas Well?
Water is an essential component in the development of energy resources throughout the world, including coal, nuclear, biofuels, solar, crude oil and natural gas. It is both a required resource necessary for the drilling and completion of crude oil and natural gas wells and a byproduct of the production process.
Water is used in the drilling process to help cool the drill bit as it breaks the rock and carries rock cuttings out of the borehole to the surface.
After drilling, the target formation may be stimulated with hydraulic fracturing. A mixture – typically composed of more than 99 percent water and sand and less than 1 percent highly diluted chemical additives that are typically found in common household items (such as laundry detergents, cleaners and beauty products) – is pumped at a calculated rate and pressure through the wellbore into the crude oil or natural gas-bearing rock formation. (See the: Corporate Responsibility – Hydraulic Fracturing Film – How Hydraulic Fracturing Works) This creates carefully designed millimeter-wide cracks or fractures in the target formation. The newly created fractures are propped open by the sand grains. This allows the crude oil or natural gas to flow from tight (low permeability) rock formations into the wellbore.
While the sand grains used in hydraulic fracturing remain underground in the rock formation to hold open the fractures, a percentage of the water and additives flow back through the well during the initial days of production. Also, other non-potable groundwater that is naturally present in oil and gas formations flows through the well during the production of oil and gas. These fluids are then either reused or safely disposed of at sites that are approved and permitted by the appropriate regulatory authorities. EagleRidge regularly conducts audits of these disposal facilities to verify compliance with all applicable regulations.
In order to stabilize the wellbore and protect groundwater and drinking water aquifers during drilling, completion and production operations, state regulatory authorities for many years have implemented and enforced strict requirements on how all crude oil and natural gas wells should be constructed. Each wellbore must be encased in steel casing, called surface casing, and must be surrounded by cement to create an additional safeguard for drinking water aquifers. Each state establishes casing and cementing specifications and determines the depth of the required surface casing to provide a secure barrier between the wellbore and any drinking water aquifers. EagleRidge complies with and often exceeds state regulatory requirements by conducting additional monitoring and testing to confirm the integrity of surface casing and cementing programs.
What Sources of Water Are Used by EagleRidge Energy?
EagleRidge Energy uses various sources of water depending on the region where the drilling takes place. The sources of water include private and public ponds, lakes, rivers and creeks, potable and non-potable groundwater, produced water and water from production operations. The company continues to evaluate the use of discharge water from industrial or city wastewater treatment plants. Throughout its operations, EagleRidge Energy attempts to minimize the use of water from sources that are also utilized for public drinking water.
While the water used for crude oil and natural gas operations is significantly less than the water used for the production of many other energy resources and other industrial, agricultural, recreational and municipal purposes, EagleRidge Energy recognizes the importance of responsibly managing and conserving water resources in the communities where it operates.
EagleRidge Energy’s Water Management Activities in the North Texas Barnett Shale
EagleRidge Energy is committed to developing efficient and responsible best management practices for water used during drilling, completion and production operations for wells in the Fort Worth Barnett Shale. These practices are inclusive of conservation, environmental protection and safe operations.
EagleRidge Energy has evaluated in-line filtration, centrifuge/chemical treatment and diluted produced water fracs as methods for reusing water. After considering the technological challenges and the availability and proximity of regulated underground disposal facilities, it was ultimately determined that the safest and most economical way to handle produced water in most areas of the Barnett Shale is to inject it into properly permitted and regulated disposal wells.
EagleRidge Energy will continue to consider methods for reusing produced water. EagleRidge Energy will also continue to consider ways to minimize the use of fresh water in its Barnett Shale operations. Where available and feasible, EagleRidge Energy’s Barnett Shale operations use brackish water from sources that are not suitable for public drinking water.