Three members of the ACCDAN board met with Susana Lara-Mesa, Engineering Manager for KP Kauffman (KPK) on July 15, 2016. KPK was founded in 1984 by Kevin Kauffman and is a family-run business with his son, Jeffrey, serving as its current Chief Operations Officer. They have 1,300 producing wells and offices in Denver and Ft. Lupton. KPK is a full-service oil and gas company that has in house services for operations, drilling, pumping, transportation, etc. They own two drilling rigs which are currently not in use due to the down-turn in the oil and gas market. KPK's focus is on the traditional vertical wells and not on horizontal drilling. According to Susana Lara-Mesa, KPK is focused on production of resources in a responsible manner and "bridging the gap" between responsible oil and gas operations and the community by working closely with the community. KPK's recent acquisition from Synergy included 110 wells (the majority in Adams County). Their focus is on getting all of the remaining valuable production out of the traditional wells. They do not intend to drill new wells, but may have to repair or refrack some of the wells purchased as part of their ongoing operations. This would include having small rigs or equipment at the sites for one-two days and they do not do 24-7 operations so no late night disturbances are to be expected.
Activities we can expect to see at the former Synergy sites purchased by KPK include quarterly inspections by "Max" who also operates a FLIR camera to detect any leaks, production trucks coming in and out more frequently to remove product and water, and maintenance and repairs. KPK's policy is to keep lower volumes of product on site so runs its tanks at 30% or less full which means more frequent pumper trucks but less volume on site to be concerned with in terms of potential spill risk.
With respect to fire response, KPK owns its own tankers and oil and gas fire foam that it can bring to its sites in the event of an oil and gas fire. We mentioned to Susana that ACCDAN was concerned over the tall grass and weeds on the 35 acres in Wadley Farms and she committed to getting with the new owner (Ward) to get it mowed. The field was mowed over the weekend of July 23.
With respect to future pipelines, KPK's delivery model does not rely on pipelines. They use pumper trucks to remove product and water from the sites they own.
If the community has concerns about specific KPF wells (former Synergy), please let ACCDAN know or reach out to KPP directly to have your concerns addressed. Below is the link to the KPK website.