We work hard across our operations to develop our oil and gas resources in a safe and responsible way. We apply best practices, operating strategies and technologies to minimize our environmental impact. We are continually working to develop more robust and integrated air, land and water strategies.
We consider the environment during each stage of development right through to eventual decommissioning. Before we start, we conduct a pre-disturbance assessment to identify potential environmental sensitivities, risks and enhancement opportunities. Gathering this information provides us with a good understanding of the “pre-development” state of an area so that we can avoid sensitive environmental features, rare plants and sensitive/endangered wildlife. Wherever we can, we work hard to mitigate environmental impacts. This information also helps us plan project reclamation.
We are actively working to implement and track the effectiveness of initiatives toward reducing our direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. By proactively working to decrease our GHG emissions, we are better positioned to respond to multiple sets of regulations from different jurisdictions regarding climate change. In addition, the early adoption of reduction initiatives may allow for the generation of offset/early action credits which may be sold on the voluntary market and for the opportunity to increase energy efficiency at our operations.
We also participate in various Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) committees and working groups, including the Air Issues Committee. Our participation in CAPP environmental working groups provides opportunities to share knowledge with other industry members and to participate in joint environmental initiatives. It also allows us to help shape the regulatory framework for climate change in Canada.
We believe that by taking a proactive approach to our land use, we can responsibly manage our impact.
We conduct environmental assessments once a site is decommissioned to identify surface and subsurface contamination. If contamination is found, we remediate and reclaim the site. Once the site has been reclaimed to a productive state, we attain a reclamation certificate.
We comply with regulations to extract and dispose of water responsibly, and wherever possible we use non-potable water and recycled water to reduce the amount of water we use. We continue to work with communities to do all we can to mitigate regional water issues.