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.
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: