Canada and Alberta have among the most stringent regulatory requirements in the world; these ensure the responsible and transparent development of our hydrocarbon resources.NuVista’s own environmental policies and reporting requirements meet or exceed federal and provincial standards. As an active member of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), NuVista advocates for industry leadership in these areas. NuVista reports annual air emissions that meet reporting thresholds to Environment and Climate Change Canada via the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) and to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) via the provincial greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting program. NPRI data is publically accessible on Environment Canada’s website and provincial GHG data is publically accessible on the AEP website. New Directive 60 guidelines cover how to handle fugitive emissions. NVA will be complying with D60.
The Government of Alberta has been introducing programs to help oil and gas producers reduce their carbon footprint in a timely manner. NuVista is currently pursuing several government-funded projects, with an aim to reduce our carbon footprint. In 2018, NuVista received Energy Efficiency Alberta incentive funding on three projects, which will eventually lead to significant methane emission reductions. Additionally, NuVista is currently in the process of collecting Carbon Offset Credits on a variety of projects. Nuvista is currently generating carbon offsets under the following Approved Protocols:
Unplanned releases to air, water, and land are reported to the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) in accordance with the provincial regulations. NuVista also maintains strict reporting standards that include internal reporting and mitigation of all small unplanned releases that are smaller than provincial reporting thresholds – right down to a single litre.
NuVista uses bi-fuel technology at our drilling and completion operations where available. This technology allows diesel engines to utilize cleaner burning natural gas thereby reducing both air emissions and fuel costs. In 2017, NuVista used 2,831 103m3 of natural gas in place of diesel while conducting our drilling and completion operations.
All of our Alberta wells and facilities are regularly audited by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) which publishes industry-wide reports and compliance data on its website.
* In 2015, one pipeline release of 366m3 (oil emulsion) occurred in NuVista’s non-core operations in Northwest Alberta. This release represented 97% of the corporate reportable release volume in 2015. This was a very rare event, has been fully investigated and cleaned up, and key steps have been taken to prevent recurrence.
NuVista internally tracks spills of any volume. Reportable spills within secondary containment are spills which exceed the 2m3 threshold, but are held within engineered structures, which is a second line of defence. These spills do not come into contact with the surrounding environment.