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Public Safety

There is nothing more important than safety at all stages of ConocoPhillips Canada’s operations. Safety is our foundational responsibility, which we never compromise in any of our operations.

One of the public’s most common safety concerns are those related to activities around the wells and facilities we operate near their communities. We take these concerns very seriously, maintaining high safety standards to minimize any risk to the public.

We take extra precautions with our drilling operations, which are the subject of an aggressive monitoring program. Drilling supervisors and safety specialists hold pre-shift safety and operations meetings and conduct daily rig inspections. We also develop additional emergency preparedness plans that address muster protocol, site security and site specific features of the operation. Regulatory agencies conduct an independent assessment of the drilling program, which provides a level of assurance that the program meets strict standards for the public’s and our workers’ safety and environmental protection.

While our extensive safeguards greatly reduce the likelihood of a gas or liquids leak, we have developed multi-level response plans should something unexpected occur. Each facility has safety shutdown systems, emergency response plans and specialized equipment to help us protect the community, our employees and our contractors from exposure to accidental releases of gas or liquids.

Highway Safety in the Oil Sands

Communities in the oil sands region have expressed concerns regarding the speed and volume of traffic on local roads. Transportation related to industrial development (e.g. transporting workers and equipment to sites) contributes to this challenge. ConocoPhillips Canada is addressing these issues through our participation in the following initiatives:

  • Coalition for Safer 63 & 881
    • ConocoPhillips Canada is actively involved in the Coalition, which has 32 members. We continue to work with other industry groups to influence road safety within their respective organizations.
    • In 2013, the feature campaign “The Pledge” was launched, which promotes signing a personal pledge to educate and inspire safe driving habits.
  • Willow Lake Traffic Working Group
    • ConocoPhillips Canada continues to be an active member of the working group, attending quarterly meetings and working with community partners on key road safety concerns in the area.
    • We ensure workers to our operations are bussed to sites, so we can reduce the number of vehicles on the road through the area’s communities. We have also developed a travel restriction procedure to ensure that during times of poor road conditions, traffic is limited to business-essential travel only.
    • ConocoPhillips Canada uses in-vehicle monitoring systems in all company vehicles to ensure speed and driving behaviors are monitored and managed. These systems contribute to the safety of all people travelling in the region.
Last updated on April 8, 2015