Enerplus conducts its business in a way that ensures the health and safety of our workers, respects the environment and builds positive, long-term relationships in the community.

We care about mitigating our impact on air, land and water.

At Enerplus, sustainability and the environment go hand in hand. We work to apply best practices, innovative operating strategies and technologies to minimize our environmental footprint. Our plan includes evolving our environmental practices, by developing more robust and integrated air, soil and water environmental strategies. We strive to be a leader in this space and recognize that it is going to take a collaborative effort along with our industry peers to have the greatest impact.

Read about Our Environmental Approach

Throughout our operations, Enerplus strives to develop our oil and gas resources in a responsible manner. We consider the environment during each stage of development and work to minimize our environmental footprint. Before we start work, we conduct a pre-disturbance assessment to identify potential environmental sensitivities, risks and enhancement opportunities. This provides us with a good understanding of the “pre-development” state of an area so that we can avoid sensitive environmental features, historical resources, rare plants and sensitive/endangered wildlife, and mitigate environmental impacts where appropriate. This information also helps us plan project reclamation. Read more about our approach below.

    • Conduct pre-disturbance assessment to identify environmental sensitivities and avoid surface constraints.
    • Evaluate alternatives to using fresh water, such as saline or recycled water.
    • Use minimal footprint disturbance construction techniques.
    • Stockpile topsoil for future use.
    • Protect groundwater by using a combination of steel and cement to create an impermeable barrier to separate well fluids from freshwater aquifers and to maintain wellbore integrity.
    • Use drilling mud handling practices for water or hydrocarbon-based drilling muds.
    • Report fracturing fluid composition.
    • Actively manage surface water runoff, protect nearby surface water bodies by berming, conduct vegetation control, reduce fugitive emissions and follow waste optimization techniques.
    • Conduct interim reclamation by re-shaping and re-vegetating the affected area to reduce our footprint soon after the well is drilled.
    • Ensure we are prepared for a timely and effective emergency response in the event of an unexpected release of environmental contaminants.
    • Audit, inspect and look for improvement opportunities.
    • Inspect our pipeline watercourse crossings annually.
    • Conduct environmental assessments once a site is decommissioned to identify surface and subsurface contamination. If contamination is found, remediate and reclaim (i.e., soil placement and re-vegetation) the site.
    • Reclaim the site to a productive state and attain a reclamation certificate.


In the spirit of collaboration during a very challenging year for industry, Enerplus and PTAC worked together on a methane emissions reduction project targeting glycol dehydrator pumps and shared the results with peers within the Technology for Emissions Reduction and Eco-Efficiency (TEREE) Committee.

Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC)

For more information about our Environment work, or overall sustainability at Enerplus, visit our Sustainability Report page.

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