Ivey Pad is entering the production phase of development in the fall of 2021. During this phase of operations, wells are turned on to produce oil and natural gas. For the first 90 days, a Great Western employee will be on the Ivey location 24/7 to monitor the site. The sound walls will remain in place for 120 days and will be removed in February 2022.

The producing wells will be monitored throughout their entire life cycle. From time-to-time, Great Western staff will be on location inspecting the wells and performing routine maintenance in order to ensure necessary energy production for the next 20 to 30 years. The Ivey Pad is estimated to produce enough energy to power approximately 17,000 homes for approximately 20 years.

Ivey Pad is a GREEN platinum facility and is utilizing pipelines to help reduce truck traffic and the number of permanent storage tanks. Learn more about Great Western’s GREEN Initiative here.

Great Western’s Colorado Pollinator Project

Great Western has partnered with the Butterfly Pavilion, a nonprofit invertebrate zoo and conservation leader, to launch the Colorado Pollinator Project, an environmental restoration at the Ivey Pad. The surrounding land at the project site was once a native prairie nearly 100 years ago. The goal of the Colorado Pollinator Project, in partnership with the Butterfly Pavilion is to create greater biodiversity and transform the project site into a thriving, short-grass prairie once again. This process will include attracting more pollinators, more plant species and more bird diversity to the surrounding land, as well as reestablish habitat connectivity and wildlife movement. Surveys on the different species of plants and animals are conducted from the beginning of the project and throughout its duration to monitor the restoration process and see measurable increases in vegetation and various animal species. The restoration project is estimated to last a minimum of three years. As part of Great Western’s dedication to environmental sustainability, the Colorado Pollinator Project further drives our goal of producing the cleanest natural resources in our state and country.

Air Emissions Monitoring

Great Western is committed to minimizing our impact on the environment and transparently operating in the community. As such, we worked with the COGCC to provide air emissions monitoring at the Ivey LC facility. Sensors are located along the perimeter of the facility. Sensors measure total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs). VOCs are a class of many carbon-containing chemicals, including alcohols, that easily evaporate into the air. The goal of this monitoring is to improve the understanding of the compounds being measured and provide early detection of potential fugitive emissions from the facility.

Initial Report

This report includes analysis of the monitoring data from Jan. 12 – Feb. 25, 2021. The data did not show any values above the investigation thresholds set by the monitoring plan nor did any exceed established Health Guideline Values. This report can be found here.

Updated Reports

These reports include analysis of the monitoring data from Feb. 26, 2021 through May 31, 2021. The data in these reports do not show any values above the investigation thresholds set by the monitoring plan nor did any exceed established Health Guideline Values.

The reports can be found here:

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