Tuesday, dozens of Western Slope business and government leaders toured Exxon Mobile's new facilities to learn more about how the company operates. The new facilities are located between Rifle and Meeker on County Road 5.
Exxon Mobil has started using a new Central Treating Facility that can process 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. That's four times what their old facility could handle.
At the processing facility, carbon dioxide and water are removed from the gas. This is the first step in the process of getting the gas pipeline ready.
Exxon Mobile has 6 to 7 rigs working right now. The new facility will allow the company to move that natural gas from the ground to the pipeline faster.
Exxon Mobile says some of the new technology it uses also helps the company reduce it's environmental impact.
For example, rigs can drill 9 to 10 wells on a single pad. This cuts down on the number of pads being built in the area, reduces traffic and means crews will be on the land for a shorter amount of time.