TCEQ Congratulates Amarillo Firm On Prestigious Environmental Award

AMARILLO -- Pioneer Natural Resources of Amarillo is among the winners of the 22nd annual Texas Environmental Excellence Awards.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality handed out these prestigious awards to bring attention to the most innovative and effective projects that prevent pollution and preserve natural resources in Texas.

It took ten years of research, design and testing for Pioneer’s Mid-Continent team to come up with an effective three-tiered approach to the “pigging” process but it paid off in reduction of air emissions by 90 percent. Pigging is a process of cleaning out liquids and debris from a pipeline. The traditional process often required opening several hatches and valves venting small amounts of natural gas into the atmosphere.

By utilizing larger barrels, Pioneer reduced the number of times hatches were opened from once a day to twice a week. A new system for depressurizing tanks that reroutes flow to compressors, further reduced air emissions. And, instead of draining lines into an open-air tub, Pioneer rerouted liquids into its processes thereby reducing vapor emissions.

 “I commend all of this year’s winners for their commitment to improving the environment by thinking creatively and acting decisively,” says TCEQ Chairman Bryan W. Shaw, Ph.D., P.E.
“It is a great pleasure to join with my fellow commissioners in congratulating these honorees whose environmental stewardship serves as an example to Texans everywhere,” says TCEQ Commissioner Toby Baker.
“The 2014 award recipients show the rest of us some of the many ways we all can take care of Texas by protecting and improving our environment,” says TCEQ Commissioner Zak Covar.

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