The Facts: Reducing Impact In Our Communities

Reducing Impact In Our Communities

Improvements in technology not only enable us to access oil and natural gas once thought inaccessible, but also allow us to operate more efficiently, reducing impacts to the land. Horizontal drilling technology allows operators to extract oil and natural gas across greater subsurface distances than traditional vertical wells. These wells can have lateral lengths of approximately 12,000 feet at depths of over 6,000 feet. Additionally, multiple horizontal wells can be drilled from a single well pad, which reduces our surface footprint and leaves more land available for wildlife, agriculture and habitat.

Drilling Wells

Traditional Vertical Drilling (Left); Horizontal Drilling Used Today (Right)

New Horizontal Well Econode

Bird’s-eye view of land footprints from old single well vertical and new horizontal well pads.


Further Reducing Our Footprint

EcoNode Facilities and Centralized Gathering Facilities.

Noble Energy is now using EcoNode facilities and Centralized Gathering Facilities (CGFs) which eliminate the need for single well facilities and allow for treatment of the resources at one centralized location, reducing our overall land footprint.

The Facts

  • One EcoNode facility can process up to 64 wells.
  • EcoNode facilities reduce the number of acres used by 69 percent compared to conventional single pad wells.
  • EcoNodes and CGFs reduced the need for tanks to store oil and water on location by more than 70 percent, saving 626,000 tons of emissions from trucks (equivalent to 66,000 SUV’s taken off the road for 10 years)
Reducing Impact

EcoNode Facility