2019:  American Environmental Landfill:  A Waste To Energy Landfill

Anderson Elementary School superintendent, Brett Banker, has faced two consecutive years of budget cuts and, as a result, called upon Todd Green at American Environmental Landfill for help. He asked him if the landfill would help Anderson Elementary School with our electric bill. And today – by helping keep the lights on! Anderson Elementary School will continue receiving a donation from AEL and Montauk Energy from the methane gas produced from the landfill for the next 50 years even if the landfill were to shut down.

Anderson Public Schools superintendent, Brett Banker, was thrilled to get this commitment from Todd Green at AEL and Montauk Energy as public education in Oklahoma relies on private parties such as these to help them meet national education standards and reduce deficits as budget cuts continue. “The first thing we are going to do with this donation is to replace our 12-year-old reading/education material that will affect thousands of children over a six-year period,” said Banker. “American Environmental Landfill has been a phenomenal neighbor; Todd has been great to work with over the last several years. AEL has been making donations based on how much the school recycles using their Mr. Murph containers, brought equipment when they needed help putting in new playground pieces and even helps with mowing. Their partnership with the school has been tremendous,” continued Mr. Banker.

2018:  AES Shady Point Derived Fuels Project

AES Shady Point (AESSP) located in LeFlore County conducted a test burn in 2017 of Tire Derived Fuels (TDF). With the involvement of DEQ and state tire processors AESSP purchased and utilized car tires from Oklahoma to replace some coal while reducing emissions, coal ash and reducing the amount of processed car tires going to state land fills or illegally dumped in streams.

Our purpose was to reduce amounts of out of state coal used at the plant, fuel cost reductions, while also lowering our emissions and amounts of ash created and transported for mine reclamation. AESSP was familiar with the state tire program and learned that much of the product ends up being used for fill at some landfill sites in the state. AESSP sees TDF as a fuel with benefits of higher BTU values than coal, lower emissions and less ash created. Discussions of the TDF project began internally and with DEQ in 2016, and a full test burn was conducted in 2017. Once approved, AESSP entered into a contract with a tire broker to deliver processed tires to our plant to blend with coal. TDF has lower Particulate Matter and criteria pollutant emissions than coal. TDF burns more efficiently than coal, has higher BTU values and is more efficient than PRB coal. Utilizing car tires in the production of electricity helps to sustain jobs for people working in the state collecting, processing and transporting TDF to our plant. There are no community partnerships involved in this project but keeping tires out of landfills is very beneficial to everyone and the environment.

Utilizing TDF helps to reduce the amount of discarded tires disposed of legally and illegally. AESSP purchases, accepts and utilizes approximately 60% of all discarded care tires in the state to make electricity. TDF has lower amounts of ash and PM further helping to reduce TRI stack emissions. The more TDF we utilize the more reduction of ash produced and emissions reduced.

The first requirement or hurdle we experienced was co-mingling TDF & coal in our existing equipment. In the test burn year, we burned 27,000 tons of TDF offsetting 40,000 tons of coal. Ash reduced by 10,000 tons or 5%. Savings from TDF to coal costs in this test burn was (amount confidential) significant. In 2018, 35,000 tons are being utilized showing greater savings and emissions reductions.

Test burn year and emissions recording to gain approval at DEQ was 2017. The 2017 test burn was a tremendous milestone year and we were ready to enter into contracts for 2018 annual TDF deliveries from state processors. With the success of the TDF project it will remain a sustainable project for years to come. The additional TDF in 2018 increases all benefits experienced to date in this project.

2017: ONEOK Mustang Pipeline Project

ONEOK’s core value of service recognizes that good corporate citizenship is an essential and important responsibility. Our commitment to giving back to the communities where we operate and our employees work and live includes financial contributions, as well as the time and talents of our employees.  In evaluating the new Mustang Pipeline project’s construction footprint, an opportunity was identified to give back to the stakeholders in the area surrounding the project by making positive contributions to the environment and the community through beautification of public use areas and improvement of local fish habitats.

ONEOK partnered with the Friends of Lake Overholser/Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge community organization for the 12th annual clean-up of Lake Overholser and Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge where 15 employees and family members of ONEOK paddled through water and combed through wooden areas to collect refuse and recyclable materials. Employees filled up dozens of trash bags with refuse, leaving public-use areas free of litter and hazards.

In addition, the Mustang Pipeline project team volunteered to construct fish habitat structures as part of a community outreach effort with the Oklahoma City Game and Fish Commission and through a partnership with the H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery.  A group of 15 employees from ONEOK and Enercon, the project’s environmental contractor, spent an afternoon building the habitats in late 2016. The habitats were delivered to the hatchery earlier this year (2017) and will be placed at multiple locations within local city lakes, such as Edwards Park Fishing Lake, Kitchen Lake and the Oklahoma River. These types of habitats are designed to stay in place longer than a natural brush pile and are made primarily of flexible pipe and weighted with concrete blocks or cement. The weights anchor the habitats to the bottom of the lake, and the “spider” arms formed by the pipe provide the cover for the fish.

The H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery is operated by the Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation Department and is the only municipal fish hatchery in Oklahoma. Through its partnership with the Oklahoma State of Wildlife Conservation and the Close to Home fishing program, it raises more than 500,000 walleye, striped-bass hybrids and channel catfish for stocking each year and manages 8,000 surface acres of fishable waters.

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2016: Coffeyville-Burbank Project Nabs Environmental Award

Posted on October 19, 2016 by Brandi Wesselkeith-tracy-with-award-2

Chaparral was recently awarded the Frank Condor Award for Environmental Excellence by the Environmental Federation of Oklahoma for demonstrating initiative and leadership in its pioneering efforts to capture man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) at Coffeyville and permanently sequester it in the company’s North Burbank enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project.

“It’s an honor for our EOR project to receive such a prestigious environmental award,” said CO2Midstream Director Keith Tracy. “This recognition is a testament to Chaparral’s long-term vision and the efforts of everyone involved with the CO2 capture, compression, pipeline transport, injection and associated oil production from this project.”

Since mid-2013, Chaparral has captured 25 to 45 million cubic feet of CO2 per day from the CVR Fertilizer Plant in Coffeyville, Kansas. That equates to more than 1.9 million tons of CO2 that would have been vented into the atmosphere. Instead it is being captured and permanently sequestered into the Burbank field near Shidler, Oklahoma. This is more CO2 than is released into the atmosphere by 440,000 cars each year.

“By capturing more than 2,000 tons a day of man-made CO2 from the fertilizer plant, we’re able to create a win-win-win situation,” said Tracy. “It provides Chaparral with a readily-available CO2source for our world-class EOR project, it puts carbon emissions to good use and Burbank oil production creates quality, long-term jobs.”

The Coffeyville-Burbank project also stands out for its uniqueness within the oil and gas industry. Currently, more than 90 percent of EOR operators use CO2 from naturally occurring underground reservoirs. Chaparral, however, uses 100 percent man-made CO2, which provides an environmentally-friendly method for producing domestic oil that would otherwise be left stranded in mature reservoirs.

“The ingenuity and ambition of the capture and sequestration initiative used in this project is truly industry-leading,” said Tracy. “As a whole, the CO2 emission reduction project goes well above and beyond any existing legal standards or regulations. At the same time, Chaparral has increased oil production by more than 150 percent since CO2 injection began in the North Burbank Unit – the single largest oil unit in the Oklahoma.”

Chaparral is a member company of the Environmental Federation of Oklahoma. For 25 years, the federation has encouraged responsible industrial growth with respect to the environment and provides Oklahoma companies a voice in the formulation and implementation of state and federal environmental laws, regulations and policies. The organization annually presents its Frank Condor Environmental Excellence award to an outstanding company that has implemented an innovative, voluntary and effective environmental program within the past three years.


2015: Williams (Access OA) – Moseley Road Sanitary Landfill Superfund Delisting Project

In 2013, the Vice President of Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) for Access Midstream (Access) established a program to conduct voluntary restoration and conservation projects within the company’s operating areas to offset the effects of midstream oil and gas infrastructure development. Access was acquired by Williams in 2014; however, the program continues in the legacy Access Operating Area (Access OA). Since 2013, voluntary projects in OK, PA, OH, and WY have preserved and/or restored sensitive species habitat, improved water quality, reintroduced sensitive species, preserved native rangeland, and supported environmental education. None of the projects were required by regulations or permits.

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2014: Waste Management Oklahoma – Moseley Road Sanitary Landfill Superfund Delisting Project

This project was innovated both from the aspect of conducting a Superfund remediation at a landfill while the landfill was operational and using a new technology not only to develop renewable fuel but to clean up air and groundwater.  This technology can be transferred to other industries and applications.  The key point to this technology is the ability to take dirty methane gas and economically produce renewable goods.


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Runner-Up Awards

OGE Energy Corp.

Project: Wood Pole and Wood Waste Repurposing



Holly Refining and Marketing– Tulsa  LLC and Covanta Tulsa Renewable Energy, LLC.

Project: Sustainable Energy from Waste




Year Winner Project Name Secondary Winners
2019 American Environmental Landfill A Waste to Energy Landfill ONEOK – Pollinator Habitat Projects

ONE Gas – Natural Gas Conversion & Utilization

ONEOK – Environmentally-friendly Cathodic Protection Ground Bed Fill

ONEOK – Remote Monitor Implementation in Cathodic Protection

2018 AES Shady Point Tire Derived Fuels Goodyear – Hazardous Waste Reduction – Acid

OGE – Mustang Energy Center Zero Emissions

One Gas – Methane Challenge

ONEOK – Single Stream Recycling Success

PSO – Small Business Energy Solutions

Williams – Arbuckle Springs WMA

2017 ONEOK Mustang Pipeline Project Waste Management of Oklahoma
2016 Chaparral Energy Enhanced oil recovery Holly Refining and Marketing – Integration Project

OneGas Storm – Water runoff

OGE Energy Corp. – Zero Harm

WFEC – Butterfly/ pollinator project

ONEOK – Low volume Wastewater reuse

Valero Refinery – Waste reduction project

2015  Williams (Access OA) Environmental Restoration and Conservation Program Covanta Tulsa Renewable Energy, LLC – Oklahoma Mercury Thermostat Recycling Initiative

American Waste Control – Mr. Murph Recycling / Waste to Energy Program

2014  Waste Management of Oklahoma  Moseley Road Sanitary Landfill Superfund Delisting Project OGE Energy Corp -Wood Pole and Wood Waste Re-purposing

Holly Refining & Marketing/ Covanta – Sustainable Energy from Waste

2013 Bama Companies Bama Zero Waste Landfill – Journey: From Trash to Cash – View Presentation Koch Nitrogen Company, LLC – Minimizing and Recapturing Anhydrous Ammonia Emissions
2012 Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. Positive Energy® Smart Grid Program – View Presentation  
2011 LaFarge Industrial Ecology for a Sustainable Future project The Bama Companies, Inc. – Bama Recycling Projects

Enogex Products LLC – Calumet Refurbishment Project

ONEOK Gas Storage LLC (OGS) – OGS-Depew TEG Dehydration Unit Control

2010 AEP Public Service Company of Oklahoma Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge Carbon Sequestration Project LaFarge – Developing Industrial Ecology

Terra Nitrogen, L.P. – Greenhouse Gas Abatement Project

Spirit AeroSystems – Zero Municipal Landfill

2009 Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company –Download presentation Solvent and Landfill Elimination Program OG&E – Lesser Prairie Chicken Conservation MOA with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
2008 Spirit Aerosystems, Inc. Aerostructures Waste Minimization Project Sunoco, Inc. Tulsa Refinery – 2008 Well Redevelopment ProjectBP America Production Company – Electrification of the Red Oak Central Compressor Facility in Latimer County, OklahomaHolcim (USA), Inc – Opt for Green..A Grass Roots Movement in Conservation
2007 Terra Nitrogen, LP – Verdigris Plan Air Emissions Condenser & Recovery Unit Enogex Products Corporation’s Wetumka Gas Processing Plant – Wetumka Emissions Reduction ProjectTerra Industries, Inc. – Ammonium Wastewater Nitrification Treatment Unit
2006 Weyerhaeuser Company – Valliant Facility Clean Condensate Alternative for HAP Emissions Reduction Project John Zink Company – Compact Low NO x Process BurnerPublic Service Company of Oklahoma – The Tulsa Wave: A Public, Private and Nature PartnershipFort James Operating Company Muskogee Mill – Reducing Ammonia ReleasesHolcim, Inc. – Bio-Diesel – Putting the Fat in the Fire!
2005 Georgia-Pacific Corporation Fuzzy Filter Effluent Recycle Project AEP/Public Service Company of Oklahoma – Wind Power for PSO CustomersBridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC – HAP-Free in ThreeJohn Zink Company – Ultra Low-NOx BurnersPublic Service Company of Oklahoma – PSO Northeastern Station 3 & 4 Reduction of Opacity EmissionsWeyerhaeuser Company – Alternative Cover for Solid Waste Disposal Facility
2004 Sinclair Oil Corporation   BP America Production CompanyNORIT Americas, Inc. Atlantic Richfield Company
2003 BP America Production Company Produced Water Project – Recylcing and Resuing Water Produced from Wells for Irrigation Oklahoma Natural Gas Company – 2003 MTTA “Free Bus Ride” SponsorshipONEOK/RFS Consulting – ONEOK’s Implementation of RFS’s Environmental Management Information System (REMIS)
2002 Holcim (USA) When The Rubber Meets the Road  
2001 Dayton Tire Company Wildlife Habitat Development Project BP America, Inc. – ISO 14001 Certification of Upstream Oil and Gas Projects in OklahomaKerr-McGee Corporation – Easter Oklahoma Environmental Excellence Program
2000 Phillips Petroleum Company   Dayton Tire – Waste to Landfill ReductionOGE Energy Corp – Green Team Initiatives