Explore Canadian Energy Topics
Developing Canadian energy is a complex endeavour, involving a balance of technology, innovation, economics, safety, environment and people. Explore these topics to learn more our Canada's oil and natural gas industry.
Industry’s Climate Commitment
The following are a set of eight climate positions: commitments by Canada’s upstream natural gas and oil industry to enable it to be a key, effective solution provider through innovation, collaboration and globally competitive strategies designed to meet the challenge to mitigate climate change.
Safety is the number one priority for Canada’s pipeline industry. With a collective goal of reaching zero incidents, pipeline operators work to improve on what is already an outstanding safety record.
Every stage of a pipeline’s lifecycle is carefully planned and executed. Many things must be considered, and complex processes are in place to minimize disruption to the environment, wildlife, Indigenous communities, landowners and other stakeholders.
Indigenous Partnerships and Prosperity
Responsible development contributes to greater Indigenous partnerships and prosperity, supporting the growth of sustainable Indigenous communities.
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP)
CAPP supports an approach to implementing UNDRIP that is consistent with the Canadian Constitution and law.
Natural Gas and the LNG Opportunity in British Columbia
Providing clean, reliable and affordable energy to growing populations around the world, while continuing to reduce emissions, is a global challenge. Canadian natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) production and export to overseas markets can be part of the solution.
Government support of a particular industry or company, via direct spending from the public purse and/or credit support, is deemed a subsidy.
Hydraulic fracturing is a technology to recover shale or tight oil or natural gas trapped in non-porous or “tight” rock formation, a technique known as “unconventional” recovery.
Oil and Natural Gas Pipelines
Pipelines are the safest and most efficient way to move large volumes of oil and natural gas from development areas to refineries, petrochemical plants and even to our homes and businesses for use.
Health and Safety
Health and safety of workers, the public and communities is a top priority in Canada's oil and natural gas industry.
Canada's oil and natural gas industry works with Indigenous groups to seek ways to mitigate impacts and to share the benefits of resource development.
Oil Sands Tailings
Tailings are a mixture of water, sand, clay and residual bitumen, and are the by-product of the hot water treatment process used to separate oil from sand and clay in oil sands mining operations.
Water Use, Quality and Monitoring
Water is not only a resource, it is essential to life. We all share the responsibility to ensure a healthy, secure and sustainable water supply for our communities, environment, and economy – our quality of life depends on it.
Protecting Fresh Water
Regulations are in place to ensure a well is properly engineered to maintain safety and integrity over its full life cycle. Industry uses several tools to assure the quality, and proactively monitor the status, of the steel casing and cement for early detection of degradation
When caused by humans, seismic activity (also called earthquake activity) is known as induced seismicity. Induced seismicity is associated with industrial processes including geothermal energy extraction, mining, dam building, construction, and hydraulic fracturing.
With a diverse wildlife population throughout Canada's oil and natural gas producing areas - including offshore - protecting species and habitats is an important consideration in project planning.
Regulations ensure disturbed land is returned to an acceptable state once operations have reached the end of their productive life. Returning disturbed land to a useable state with self-sustaining native vegetation is called land reclamation.
Life Cycle of a Well
Every company that explores for and develops Canada’s oil and natural gas resources is financially responsible for safely managing wells and associated facilities. This includes all stages of a well’s life cycle: exploration, development and operation, abandonment and reclamation.
Surface rights determine who has the rights to the surface area of land, while mineral rights determine who has the right to exploit any minerals located beneath the surface of a property.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Burning hydrocarbons such as oil and natural gas produces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions including carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxide and ozone.
Flaring and Venting
Flaring and venting are both controlled releases of gases, including methane, sulphur dioxide (SO2) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) into the atmosphere.