Several staff members of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission traveled to Pinedale to tour Ultra Petroleum’s operations in the Pinedale Anticline Field. The primary purpose of the tour was to show various aspects of the company's operations that have reduced time and environmental impact.  

One such program is what Ultra refers to as SimOps.  With this approach, Ultra performs drilling, completions, and producing operations on multiple wells simultaneously on the same pad shown in the picture to the right.  This process has cut the amount of time it takes to typically bring a well on line by over 50 percent. 

Additionally, SimOps allows multiple wells to be drilled from one pad.  Wells are directionally drilled instead of the vertical approach seen extensively in the Jonah field. 

Although this approach entails pads that are much larger to facilitate sometimes more than 50 wells, it reduces the overall surface impact and segmentation that would occur if there was only one vertical well per pad. 

Drilling rigs are situated on cement slabs that have several planned wells lined up in a row as seen in the picture to the left.  Once the rig is finished drilling one well, it will then walk to the next well alleviating time to tear down and rig back up for each drill site. The cement slabs work great over the life of the well reducing issues that can arise in inclement weather. Most rigs are bi-fuel, meaning they are powered by a combination of natural gas and diesel, reducing nitrogen oxide  emissions. These same emissions are further reduced with the use of Selective Catalytic Reduction units, found on each engine of every rig.