Environment & Community FAQ 

Environment Questions

What is the industry doing about climate change?

We all have a role to play in managing climate change, and Canadians expect the oil and gas industry to do its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We’re focused on finding new technologies – like carbon capture and storage and Toe-to-Heel Air Injection (THAI™)  to make that happen. 

Find out more about our GHG emissions and the technologies we’re using to reduce them

How much water does the industry use?

Water is an integral part of oil and gas production, and we are committed to using water responsibly. The industry is a leader in researching recycling techniques and reusing water. Across the entire industry, we focus on using undrinkable water as an alternative to fresh water. 

Find out more about how the industry is working to reduce its water use

What exactly are tailings ponds and what is the industry doing to manage them?

In open-pit mining, companies use hot water to separate very heavy oil (bitumen) from the sticky sand. This water is then sent to a tailings pond – often a discontinued mine pit. The tailings are a mixture of water, clay, sand and residual bitumen. Tailings ponds allow the water to be recycled in the mining operation. While just 20 per cent of oil sands are produced through mining, the tailings ponds created are large and impact the landscape.

Find out more about how industry manages tailings ponds

What happens to the land that you work on after industry is finished with development and production?

Oil and gas activity has an effect, sometimes a profound one, on the land we use. Putting the land back the way we found it, or reclaiming the land, is an important part of our environmental practices.

Find out more about how we reclaim the land

What steps does the industry take to minimize its impact on wildlife?

Our industry operates in areas shared by many forms of wildlife. We work hard to minimize our impact by using new technologies and collaborating with other industries like forestry.

Find out more about wildlife conservation

What impact does your offshore petroleum industry have on local fishing habitats?

While we do operate in the same region as the fishing industry, we work in consultation and regular communication to ensure the protection of Canada’s marine environment. 

Find out more about our industry’s work with the fishing industry

Community Questions

How do you work with local communities?

We’re committed to being good neighbours through regular consultation and communication with local landowners and affected communities.

Find out more about how we work with communities

What relationships are you building with local Aboriginal communities?

Our industry understands the importance of building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with all key stakeholders, including various Aboriginal communities.

Find out more about our relationships with Aboriginal Peoples

What measures are being taken to ensure the public’s safety?

Public safety is a critical priority for our industry. Emergency Response Plans are consistently designed and updated to ensure the safety of the communities we work in.

Find out more about what our industry is doing to keep the public safe 

What’s being done to ensure the health and safety of your employees?

Work sites can be dangerous – particularly to those who are inexperienced, untrained or inadequately supervised. That’s why our industry is emphasizing safety by providing ongoing training and education for our people, ensuring they are prepared for the job site.

Find out more about how we ensure the safety of our people