At NuVista we care too. And we care by focusing on using only practices in our sourcing, handling, storing and disposing of water that meet or exceed government and industry standards.
NuVista complies with provincial regulations for safe and responsible use of water in its natural gas drilling and operations. We subscribe to industry standards for water use in our operations as outlined in the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) Guiding Principles for Hydraulic Fracturing and the CAPP Hydraulic Fracturing Operating Practices (available on the CAPP Publications portal).
In meeting these expectations, we publicly disclose all fracturing fluid additives used in every one of our hydraulic fracturing programs on the fracture fluid chemistry disclosure website, www.fracfocus.ca NuVista actively invests time and money to find the best ways to reduce, reuse and recycle water and to integrate these practices into our day-to-day operations.
We like to take care of details like finding the best ways to transport water with as little disruption as possible for our neighbors. NuVista reduces truck traffic by transferring water through temporary surface water lines where feasible, resulting in fewer road safety hazards to workers and the public and by making a smaller environmental footprint through a reduction in vehicle air emissions. In 2017, NuVista transferred the equivalent of over 17,000 truckloads of water via temporary surface line for use in hydraulic fracturing.
As the majority of our production is derived from sour reservoirs, safe handling of both flowback and produced water is paramount to our operations. NuVista has invested in disposal infrastructure to deposit wastewater safely in formations more than 1,000 metres below fresh water aquifers. No flowback or produced water from any of our operations is discharged into the environment.