Applying Technology to Safely Maximize Value
Anadarko's application of technology is key to unlocking the tremendous resource potential of the Eagleford Shale. It begins with horizontal drilling, which enables Anadarko to efficiently maximize access to the productive formations, while minimizing the amount of surface space needed to develop these resources. A second essential technology is hydraulic fracturing, which must be applied in order to produce the resources from the dense shale formations thousands of feet beneath the earth's surface. Today, thanks to the advancement of these safe and proven technologies, half as many wells are needed to produce the same amount of energy as 20 years ago.
Anadarko has been a leader in publicly sharing hydraulic fracturing ingredients through the Ground Water Protection Council’s public FracFocus online registry. Through FracFocus.org, anyone can access information on the drilling of wells by county, state or operator at any time.
Water Management and Conservation
Anadarko develops and implements water-management strategies tailored to local geology and environmental conditions to protect and conserve water resources. In southwest Texas, this strategy includes an expansive water infrastructure of more than 80 miles of water pipeline, enabling the company to source, store and distribute water in a manner that dramatically reduces truck traffic, improves safety and eliminates associated emissions. These efforts to conserve and source water appropriately are an important component of operations in the arid climate around the Eagleford Shale.