OperationsCommitted to Safe and
Civitas operates wells across the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin of Colorado.
We maintain and develop the highest operating standards in the industry, and our commitment to producing energy responsibly minimizes our environmental footprint and benefits all Coloradans.
- Net DJ Basin acres – 525k
- ~160,000 barrels produced per day
OperationsA Proven Resource
Civitas operations are focused along the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin, a long-lived abundant energy source in Colorado first discovered in 1970. Through advancing technology, every new well we develop is drilled horizontally, which continues to increase the efficiency of our operations while decreasing impact to the environment.
OperationsOur Field Locations
Civitas development facilities are located in counties across the Front Range of northern and central Colorado. We have deep experience and operational expertise across the basin.
The safety of our communities and our employees is our highest priority. Nothing is more important than our commitment to the health and safety of those around us.
Civitas implements regular safety training for employees working in all field operations. Our strict adherence to occupational health and safety regulations helps ensure the protection of our employees and contractors.
Colorado’s communities are our communities too and operating safely and responsibly on the land we all share is at the core of our operations. We work closely with local and state safety officials to exceed regulatory standards and to ensure that our neighboring communities have transparent, comprehensive information about our operations.
We have developed practices that continue to enhance the well-being and safety of our communities. These are among the innovative practices we seek to implement in our operations where possible:
- Air-tight, closed-loop systems that capture 99.9 percent of emissions
- Quiet fleet pumping equipment that results in three times less noise
- Tankless facilities that store no oil products on-site
- Voluntary plugging and reclaiming of older wells to eliminate emissions
- Use of electric grid power on sites which is quieter, reduces traffic, and eliminates source emissions
- State of the art safety systems that facilitate automatic shutdowns
We not only embrace safety as a core value–we’re leading the way in increasing safety measures for our industry. For example, Civitas’ predecessor companies developed the Colorado Preparedness & Response Network to standardize and implement first responder training and preparedness across the Denver-Julesburg Basin. To date, more than 1,000 Front Range firefighters have participated in emergency response scenarios to train preparedness and build expertise in handling oil and natural gas incidents.
Our Production Process
Colorado is home to natural deposits of some of the cleanest, most abundant energy sources in the world. Oil and natural gas are reliable, affordable sources of energy, and play an important role in meeting the world’s increasing energy demands. Technological advances and innovations have transformed the exploration and production processes in our industry.
Civitas develops oil and natural gas deposits by extracting resources from rock located thousands of feet below the earth’s surface. Five important steps are part of every field site operation:
Before a new well is drilled, a permit must be obtained through approval from the local government with land use jurisdiction. Once that is obtained, a permit application must then be filed with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which regulates the development and production of the natural resources of oil and natural gas in the state. Civitas works with the commission’s staff of experts for verification and approval of the proposed operations, well location, integrity of the well design, and accuracy of offset data. We then engage in a process of two-way communication with our communities to discuss plans and implementation of best practices as part of our development.
To protect Colorado’s groundwater resources, Civitas installs multiple layers of cement and steel casing before drilling and then performs pressure tests on the well casings. Groundwater sampling tests are also conducted within a half mile radius of Civitas sites before and after drilling operations.
Horizontal drilling is a drilling method achieved by beginning vertically and gradually angling the drill bit until it turns moves horizontally into shale rock located up to a mile underground. With this method, several areas can be developed from a single site, or “pad,” and a larger area of shale rock is accessible underground, greatly reducing surface impacts.
Once the drilling process is complete, a perforating device is lowered into the underground pipe, which is buffered by several layers of thick casings, where it creates small holes in the rock, about the size of a human hair, at the deepest part of the well. A mixture of water, sand and chemicals is then pumped at high pressure through the holes to create tiny fractures in the shale, releasing oil and natural gas resources.
The production phase begins when oil and natural gas starts flowing up from the well bore. Civitas sites are designed and operated to reduce noise and capture or reduce emissions during the production process. The production phase can span decades, and the need for minimized environmental footprint is essential.
Colorado law requires that wells be permanently plugged at the end of their useful lives. We work hand in hand with landowners and local communities to restore former well sites. When the land reclamation process is complete, there is no indication that a well was ever there.