At Western Midstream, we are committed to conducting our business the right way for our customers and our stakeholders.
We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees, contractors and the public. Due diligence underpins our activities to help ensure we meet or exceed applicable health, safety and environmental (HSE) laws and regulations.
We work to understand the environmental considerations of the surrounding areas and communities, speak with stakeholders, and identify risks and opportunities from development.
We use a coordinated approach to keep employees and contractors healthy. That approach involves a combination of processes, policies, benefits and behavioral support.
In order to promote a healthy workplace, we offer wellness programs, hazard mitigation programs and ergonomic equipment and furniture designed specifically for the workplace.
At Western Midstream, safety is a value built into our corporate performance goals. Our annual compensation program is funded with a corporate performance multiplier. The program is based on the company's adherence to pre-defined operational, financial and safety goals set by our Board of Directors.
Western Midstream’s LiveSAFE program is the foundation of our safety culture and is based on true care and concern along with appropriate safety programs and procedures, for our employees, contractors and stakeholders. We remain focused on continuous improvement of HSE performance as we strive for zero contractor and employee incidents throughout our workplaces.
Western Midstream is committed to responsible environmental stewardship. We implement industry-leading practices and technology, while continually looking for innovative ways to engineer out emission sources and minimize the overall environmental impacts of our activities, including the reduction of greenhouse gases, including methane, through engineering design and process improvement.
We are a founding member of The Environmental Partnership – a voluntary oil and natural gas industry partnership committed to continuously improving the industry’s environmental performance. The Environmental Partnership has developed three Environmental Performance Programs for participating companies to implement and phase into their operations. These programs were selected based on EPA emissions data and are designed to further reduce emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds, also known as VOCs, using proven cost-effective technologies.
Pipeline Infrastructure Minimizes Emissions Footprint
In the DJ Basin, our oil and water pipeline infrastructure enable oil and natural gas producers to pump oil from their tankless facilities directly to our gathering infrastructure and on to our central oil stabilization facility (COSF). In the Delaware Basin, producers also pump their oil and water from their tankless facilities into our pipeline infrastructure and on to our central gathering and processing facilities. This oil and natural gas pipeline infrastructure removes the need for the producers to install multiple separators, tanks and flares to gather product from the wellhead and transport it into our pipeline gathering system. Because oil and water are moved via pumps and pipelines, it also improve safety by eliminating the need for water or oil haulers to transport the product, taking trucks off the road, further reducing emissions and the potential for vehicle accidents.
Western Midstream is committed to minimizing their environmental footprint by implementing the following best practices.
- Pneumatic Devices – Where onsite power is available at our compression, gathering and processing facilities, we utilize instrument air instead of natural gas to actuate pneumatic devices. This eliminates the need to vent natural gas to the atmosphere every time a pneumatic device actuates.
- Oil and Water Pipeline Infrastructure – By installing pipeline infrastructure not only are the producers we gather for able to minimize the emission emitting equipment needed at their well sites and eliminate the need to haul oil via a truck, but we are also able to utilize the pipeline to do the same. This minimizes emission emitting equipment at many of our gathering and processing facilities and eliminates the need to utilize trucks to move our products where available.
- Venting Minimization – When possible, we minimize blowdown emissions to the atmosphere equalizing high-pressure equipment to low-pressure gathering lines. High-pressure liquid drains are routed to low-pressure separators reducing emissions. Our gas plant blowdowns are routed to process flares, thus reducing emissions during maintenance activities. Our equipment regularly surveyed with optical gas imaging to find and fix leaks.
- Flaring Minimization – The availability of our natural gas pipeline infrastructure, compressor stations and processing facilities are monitored by our Integrated Operations Centers to ensure we can receive third-party product, which minimizes flaring. Where feasible, closed-loop process vessels and systems are installed to capture gas and send it to market instead of sending the gas to combustion devices.
Western Midstream operates approximately 1,300 miles of petroleum and natural gas pipelines across our assets within New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The products we transport are an important part of the economy and our daily lifestyle. As a member of the community, the safety of the public and the environment is our top priority when it comes to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of our pipelines. These pipelines are regulated by federal, state and local entities, which oversee operations, and often include training, regular maintenance and testing, corrosion protection and inspections to check for and address leaks or other damage.
External damage caused by accidentally striking a pipeline while digging, is the leading causes of pipeline accidents. When planning digging projects, always call 811 at least 2 days prior to beginning excavation. This free call can help protect you and others around you from potential harm which could result from damage to buried pipelines. By calling 811 before any digging project, you play an important part in keeping our pipelines safe. Visit www.call811.com before you dig for more safety information.