Biologist conducting environmental effects monitoring on the pipeline Right of Way.
Environmental Impact Assessment and Effects Monitoring
Prior to conducting any activities, the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project are identified and assessed early in the planning process. Measures are identified to avoid negative environmental impacts from occurring or to reduce the severity of the impact. After the project is completed, monitoring is undertaken to detect and measure changes in the receiving environment and to determine the effectiveness of the mitigation implemented.
Water Well Monitoring
Private water well sampling is conducted prior to conducting onshore activities. If there is an adverse impact from the activities on water wells, the affected landowner must be supplied with a new well or improvements made to the existing well to restore adequate water supply.
Many modern production facilities, like the McCully Gas Plant in Penobsquis, NB, are designed to be ‘zero emission’ facilities so that under normal operating parameters there will be no releases of contaminants into the environment.
The design of facilities is intended to reduce the level of “industrial” noise emitted. Baseline noise surveys are conducted as well as periodic monitoring of noise levels.
From chemical storage to fuel transfer procedures, Corridor follows rigorous standards to ensure that accidental releases do not occur. In the event of such an occurrence, personnel are trained in spill response, report spills to the appropriate regulatory authority and conduct an incident investigation to determine the root cause and corrective actions to prevent a recurrence.
In addition to the stringent regulations for the handling and treatment of waste, Corridor employs strict standards that include the use of approved storage containers, storage areas, and methods of waste treatment and disposal. Wastes are only disposed of in approved and licensed facilities. All waste management activities are recorded and tracked.
Onshore Reclamation and Rehabilitation
When oil and gas facilities are no longer productive, Corridor will decommission, remediate and reclaim the facilities and disturbed areas in keeping with the applicable regulatory requirements and best industry practices. Corridor’s development planning incorporates the key goal of minimizing the environmental footprint of operations and land use, which facilitates reclamation efforts later on. This is done by avoiding sensitive habitats, using low-impact seismic lines, optimizing the area needed for well sites and production facilities and working with other users to share roads and pipelines.
Prior to decommissioning and reclaiming any area, the landowner is contacted to determine if they have any concerns or requirements for the site. The landowner’s requirements are incorporated and they are kept informed as the work proceeds.
Upon completion of operations the site is left in a state that is safe. Equipment, support structures and production fluids/wastes are removed and appropriately disposed of at approved licensed facilities.
- Remediation and Reclamation
Actions are taken to remove, reduce or neutralize any identified contaminants to acceptable concentrations in soil, air or water to prevent any adverse effects at the site. Approval to close the site must be obtained from the appropriate regulatory authority. Methods are used to return the disturbed land to a state where it is capable of supporting the same kind of land uses that existed before the disturbance. This includes the stabilization, contouring, maintenance, conditioning, reconstruction and revegetation of the surface of the land.