Environmental Trailblazer Celebrated By Oil & Natural Gas Industry

September 14, 2013

Tonight, Western Energy Alliance was joined by prominent oil and natural gas leaders for the unveiling of Ted D. Brown as the 2013 recipient of its most prestigious award, Wildcatter of the Year.  Tonight, before over 700 attendees, Brown was commended for his commitment to reducing overall environmental impact while responsibly developing Colorado’s energy resources.

Under Brown's leadership, Noble Energy has nearly tripled its production in Northern Colorado over the last nine years, drilling more than 3,300 new oil and natural gas wells. His strategic vision has situated Noble at the forefront of the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin's resurgence through unlocking the potential of the world class Niobrara Shale play.  As Colorado’s largest oil producer, Noble’s successes include drilling Colorado's longest horizontal well at 9,978 lateral feet, and reaching record production of 92,000 barrels of oil equivalent during the first quarter 2013.

Equally impressive is Brown’s leadership in environmental stewardship and shaping industry best management practices in Colorado. As Noble invests close to $2 billion a year in Northern Colorado over the next five years, Brown is directing a significant portion of that investment to building Colorado's first liquefied natural gas (LNG)facility on the Front Range.  By utilizing LNG in its daily operations, Noble will significantly reduce air emissions from drilling rigs, frac spreads and transportation vehicles equating to the removal of approximately 90,000 vehicles from the roads.  

Under Brown’s leadership Noble has successfully implemented a comprehensive water management program to recycle and reuse water. By the end of 2013, Noble anticipates that 85% of water used in its Colorado operations will either be recycled or sourced from non-municipal aquifers.  

“There’s common ground we share with local communities, developing affordable energy while protecting the air, water, land and wildlife,” said Tim Wigley, President of Western Energy Alliance. “It’s leaders like Ted Brown who show the world how to innovate and produce oil and natural gas in a responsible manner that protects the environment,” continued Wigley.  “Ted Brown has also been a leader in reaching out to local communities along the Front Range, helping them to understand oil and natural gas operations while addressing their concerns. The industry needs to do a better job communicating to the public, and Ted is showing the way.”

With success comes responsibility, and Noble has fostered partnerships with Colorado and its communities to safely develop energy.  Under Brown’s leadership, Noble's Colorado philanthropic endeavors include the United Way, Junior Achievement, Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation, American Heart Association, Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center, Tennyson Center for Children, Friends of a Woman's Place, and Cerebral Palsy of Colorado. Ted's involvement with the Tennyson Center alone has resulted in donations in excess of $1 million. In Weld County, Noble supports numerous efforts including the Northern Colorado Medical Center, American Cancer Society, the Greeley Stampede, the Weld County Food Bank, the Guadalupe Community Center, and many other organizations.

About the Award:

The title Wildcatter of the Year is reserved only for the most prominent leaders in the western oil and natural gas industry whose entrepreneurial spirit and exploratory work in new fields have contributed significantly to America’s energy security and the betterment of society.  The term “wildcatter” originates from the 1880s when independent speculators ranged across the West in hopes of discovering new or unproven oil reserves.  The Wildcatter of the Year is not only a leader in industry, but a role model in the community as well, demonstrating leadership both on and off the oil field.  

Nominations for Wildcatter of the Year are based on the unique contributions and accomplishments of an industry individual, particularly in: (1) successful longtime oil and natural gas exploration and production in the West; (2) community service; and (3) support of oil and natural gas industry activities and organizations. 

The announcement was made tonight during Western Energy Alliance’s annual Wildcatter of the Year Gala held at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.  A “who’s who” of independent oil and natural gas producers in the West, over 750 industry and community leaders attended the gala to join in congratulating Ted Brown on this lifetime achievement recognition.

Ted D. Brown joins an elite group of Wildcatter of the Year recipients. Prior award winners include: H.A. True, Frederick Mayer, Samuel Gary, Thomas Vessels, James Wallace, William Goodin, Conley Smith, Harvey Yates, Wayne “Dusty” Biddle, George Anderman, William Barrett, Edward Ackman, John Snyder, George Fancher, Robert Bayless, Raymond Duncan, Robert Nance, Rex Monahan, Donald Wolf, F.H. “Mick” Merelli, Cortlandt Dietler, Thomas Petrie, Kenneth Luff, Harry Trueblood, William Ballard, Neil “Mick” McMurry, James Lightner, Peter Dea, Neal Stanley and Jim Volker.