Outstanding Environmental Efforts Recognized by IOGCC

Oklahoma City, OK Oct. 9, 2009 - In 2001, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission initiated the annual Chairman's Stewardship Awards, which represent the Commission's highest honor for exemplary efforts in environmental stewardship. Three award winning projects earned the IOGCC’s Chairman’s Stewardship Award during the IOGCC’s Annual Meeting, Monday, Oct. 5, 2009 in Biloxi, Miss.

Nominations were accepted in four different categories, Large Company, Small Company, Energy Education and Environmental Partnership.

Winning the award this year for the Large Company category was BP America Production Company with their Jonah’s Journey – A Whale of a Challenge Project.
Oil and gas development in the American West is intense in both scale and pace. The BP Jonah, Wyoming Operation is committed to balancing its natural gas development with the protection of the environment.

Winning the award for the Energy Education category was the North Dakota Petroleum Council with their Oil Can! project. The Oil Can! Program focuses on engaging in a continuous dialog about the key issues relating to oil and gas development with neighbors, policy makers, media, and the general public in oil and gas production areas and across the state.

Winning the award for the Environmental Partnership category was the Houston Advanced Research Center with its Environmentally Friendly Drilling (EFD) Program. The Environmentally Friendly Drilling (EFD) Program combines new low-impact technologies that reduce the footprint of drilling activities, integrates light weight drilling rigs with reduced emission engine packages, addresses on-site waste management, optimizes the systems to fit the needs of a specific development sites and provides stewardship of the environment.

IOGCC Chairman 2009 Gov. Brad Henry of Oklahoma attended the award ceremony. The organization thanked the many companies that entered projects in the competition and encouraged their continued efforts as environmental stewards.
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The IOGCC is a multi-state government agency that promotes the conservation and efficient recovery of domestic oil and natural gas resources while protecting health, safety, and the environment. Established by the charter member states’ governors in 1935, it is the oldest, largest and most effective interstate compact in the nation.