Environment

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Rockies’ producers are committed to the sustainable development of natural gas in Canada. Our partners are industry leaders in environmental stewardship and collectively have one of the world's lowest upstream GHG emission intensities.

Exporting Canadian natural gas provides an opportunity to meet international energy demand in a sustainable and responsible way, with some of the world's strongest environmental regulations and cleanest natural gas.

World-Class Upstream Emissions Performance


Rockies' producers collectively have one of the lowest upstream GHG emission intensities in the world, 70% lower than the US national average.

This stems from Canada having one of the most stringent upstream regulatory environments, with monitoring requirements and limits on flaring, venting, and fugitive methane emissions, as well as our producers’ dedication to sustainable practices and continuous environmental innovation.

Leading upstream emissions performance, coupled with a low-emissions LNG facility and Canada's proximity to Asian markets, enables Canadian LNG to be exported with significantly lower emissions than other major exporting countries. As the world's demand for natural gas continues to grow, particularly in Asia, the Canadian natural gas industry should be the global supplier of choice.
 

 

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Sources: Rockies internal estimates and public disclosures;
Government and industry research publications.

How are Canadian natural gas producers reducing GHG emissions?

GHG emissions from upstream production of natural gas are strictly regulated in Canada. While Canada is already well below other natural gas producing countries, Rockies' producers have achieved upstream emissions intensity that is half of the Canadian average.

Primary sources of direct GHG emissions during natural gas production and processing include combustion for power generation, flaring, venting and fugitive releases. Rockies’ producers have steadily reduced emissions intensity by tackling each of these categories of emissions:

 

Reducing Combustion Emissions

Electrifying operations, switching to lower carbon fuels and implementing energy efficiency projects

 

Limits on Natural Gas Flaring

Adopting new operating techniques and following strict regulatory flaring limits

 

Eliminating Methane Venting

Replacing pneumatic devices with electric or instrument air powered alternatives

 

Carbon Capture & Sequestration (CCS)

Using technology to capture carbon and sequester it underground

 

Leak Detection & Repair (LDAR)

Implementing LDAR programs and conducting aerial surveys to ensure effectiveness

 

Below are some examples of the ways our producers are reducing GHG emissions:

 

Carbon Capture

Advantage Glacier gas processing plant.

 

Carbon Capture and Sequestration

Producers are using CCS to reduce their carbon emissions. Advantage Energy has developed a modular post combustion CCS technology, Entropy, that is being deployed to capture up to 183,000 tonnes per year of GHG emissions at their Glacier gas plant.

 

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Solar panels in use by Peyto Exploration

 

Electrification of Operations

Gas producers are electrifying their operations. Ovintiv has electrified their Montney gas plants, reducing GHG emissions by 860,000 tonnes per year. Peyto is using solar power for chemical pumps and controllers to reduce GHG emissions.

 

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NuVista centralized air compression facility.

 

Replacing Pneumatic Devices

Producers are using instrument air systems and solar devices to eliminate methane venting. For the Pipestone area, NuVista Energy installed a central facility to deliver pressurized air to each pad so that pneumatic devices now vent air, eliminating 30,000 tonnes per year of GHG emissions.

 

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Fox Drilling rig.

 

Switching to Lower Carbon Fuels

Producers are promoting less carbon intensive fuels. Paramount Resources, uses a bi-fuel rig which reduces their diesel use by 40% for Karr and Wapiti. Tourmaline announced an initiative to build 20 CNG stations in Western Canada to reduce GHG emissions from heavy-duty trucks.

 

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Birchcliff Pouce Coupe gas processing plant.

 

Energy Efficiency

Producers are improving the energy efficiency of their operations. At the Pouce Coupe gas plant, Birchcliff Energy has installed waste heat recovery facilities. From 2020, Birchcliff has reduced GHG emissions by 87,607 tonnes.

 

Leak detection

 

 

Leak Detection Programs

Producers have robust Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) programs to reduce fugitive emissions. Veren Inc. conducts aerial detection surveys to identify potential leaks with over 203 facilities surveyed in 2022, confirming the effectiveness of their LDAR program.

 

 

How are producers mitigating other environmental impacts?
 

Protection of the natural environment and biodiversity is paramount for Rockies’ producers. Significant technical planning goes into site selections and responsible construction practices. Canadian natural gas producers are using horizontal drilling and multi-well pads to minimize surface land disturbances. This allows for greater production volumes to be realized with minimal land use. 

Further, Rockies' producers are committed to accelerating site abandonment and reclamation of lands back to their natural state. Additionally, our producers are working to increase water recycling practices and using alternative water sources for their operations, such as municipal wastewater.

 

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Reclaimed NuVista Energy natural gas wellsite ready for Reclamation Certification near Oyen, Alberta.