We manage operations to minimize our impact on air quality
We select equipment that meets regulated emissions design criteria and we monitor equipment performance and ambient air quality. Athabasca reports activities federally through the National Pollutants Release Inventory, the Multi-Sector Air Pollutants Regulation, and provincially in accordance with Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act operating approvals.
Reducing emissions is not just about being a valued corporate citizen, it makes economic sense.
- Optimized equipment, facilities, and processes reduce emissions and fuel consumption
- Produced natural gas displaces diesel fuel for Light Oil drilling & completion operations when available
- Optimized diluent recovery systems and facility heat integration reduce carbon intensity
- Technology implementation
- Flow control devices and non-condensable gas co-injection improve steam oil ratios
- Renewable energy sources used when practical (e.g. solar panels on observation wells)
- GHG intensity from Athabasca’s operations compare favorably to global projects and oil sands mining operations
- Participation in government initiatives
Athabasca funds and participates in the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA) which is a collaboration of communities, environmental groups, industry, government and Aboriginal stakeholders. The focus is on air, terrestrial, and human exposure monitoring in the Athabasca oil sands producing area. The WBEA environmental monitoring system is the most integrated and intensive air and terrestrial monitoring in any one area, anywhere in Canada.