2014 VZ Environmental Excellence In Environmental Stewardship Winner – West Coast

The Oil & Gas Awards wrapped up their second annual West Coast gala awards dinner in Bakersfield, California, celebrating advances made in the key areas of environmental stewardship, efficiency, innovation, corporate social responsibility and health & safety.

VZ Environmental Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship

As a previous award winner, VZ Environmental has now chosen to sponsor the award that acknowledges the company judged to be an industry leader in environmental stewardship.

Congratulations to Preferred Technology! They were chosen from the many entries that the Oil & Gas Awards received for the West Coast region.

Preferred Technology

Preferred Technology, an affiliate of Preferred Sands, is one of North America’s leading proppant technology and sand manufacturing companies, providing frac sand and technology solutions to oil and natural gas companies in the hydraulic fracturing industry.

Launched in 2007, Preferred Technology is the market’s only commercial manufacturer of DustPRO, a cost-effective preventative proppant solution that limits silica dust exposure and meets all current and proposed OSHA standards, and Preferred RCS, the first non-phenolic environmentally-sensitive resin-coated sand technology.

With its innovative product development and reclamation projects, the company is not only committed to the protection of the environment but also the health and safety of the communities it serves.

Preferred Technology has been named to Inc. 500’s prestigious annual list of “Fastest Growing Private Companies in America” (2013) and Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ (2013), as well as one of Pennsylvania’s “Best Places to Work.”

The company’s innovative RCS product line has also been recognized by the Oil & Gas Awards as the “Environmental Initiative of the Year” for 2013. Additionally, CEO, Michael O’Neill, has been named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year® in Energy, Cleantech and Natural Resources (2012).

Judge’s Comments

Preferred Technology is the only commercial manufacturer that uses dust-control/prevention technology. In a time when fracking has become the prevalent means for oil recovery, it is good to see that a company is so concerned with the environment and the health and safety of the communities it serves.

In 2014, Preferred Sands introduced the oil and gas industry’s first and only silica dust-control proppant solution, DustPRO. This product is not only costeffective and improves operational efficiencies, it more importantly helps control respirable silica and fugitive dust by up to 65%. So Preferred Sands’s DustPRO product protects both the environment and the health of our industry’s workers, both critical to the future well-being of our industry.

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