Encana receives top honours for responsible Canadian energy development

Recycling program in Horn River Basin among the three diverse projects cited

In 2009, in an effort to reduce the amount of material being diverted to local landfills, Encana began a waste reduction program in its work camps in the Horn River Basin. The project was one of three recognized with the CAPP President’s Award received by Encana on March 20, 2013.

In 2009, in an effort to reduce the amount of material being diverted to local landfills, Encana began a waste reduction program in its work camps in the Horn River Basin. The project was one of three recognized with the CAPP President’s Award received by Encana on March 20, 2013.

The merits of three distinct initiatives from across Encana’s operations, including a unique recycling project in British Columbia’s Horn River Basin, recently saw the company receive the President’s Award in the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers’ (CAPP) 2013 Responsible Canadian Energy Awards. The President’s Award, announced March 20, is presented to energy companies for activities that demonstrate exceptional environmental, health and safety or social performance.

Historically awarded on the environmental, health and safety and social performance of a single project, this year’s President’s Award focused on the three Encana projects described below.

“Responsible development is a key component of our business model throughout our operations and it’s important that we as an industry continue to improve our performance. These types of initiatives help support our business, improve our relationships with important stakeholders and help continually raise the bar on our environmental, safety and social performance,” said Mike McAllister, executive vice-president & president, Canadian Division.

Mike McAllister, Executive Vice-President & President, Canadian Division, accepts the CAPP President’s Award on behalf of Encana on March 20, 2013.

Mike McAllister, Executive Vice-President & President, Canadian Division, accepts the CAPP President’s Award on behalf of Encana on March 20, 2013.

Horn River Recycling Program

In 2009, in an effort to reduce the amount of material being diverted to local landfills, Encana began a waste reduction program in its Horn River work camps. Recyclables were collected at the camps and stored in 50-foot trailers before being transported to Fort Nelson and donated to local community groups. These groups were then able to sort the material and return containers to receive the refunded deposits.

By 2011, it had become difficult to find groups able to sort an entire trailer of material. In 2012, to address this challenge, Encana and The Northern Rockies Social Planning Council created a sorting facility where individuals with barriers to employment, fundraising groups and others in need are able to sort the containers and return them for cash. To date Encana has diverted 20 trailers of for-deposit containers from the landfill, providing over $60,000 in revenue to the community.

Race Against Hunger

Encana’s longstanding support of rural lifestyles was the premise for developing Race Against Hunger, a partnership with the World Professional Chuckwagon Association that benefits local food banks in Encana’s operating areas in Alberta and British Columbia. Now in its third year, the initiative has received overwhelming community support, raising more than $100,000 and almost 12,000 pounds of food in 2012. In Dawson Creek alone last year, the campaign raised $11,285 and 1,085 pounds of food for area food banks.

Responsible Products Program

Encana’s Race Against Hunger program with the World Professional Chuckwagon Association raised $11,285 and 1,085 pounds of food for Dawson Creek-area food banks in 2012. The initiative was one of three projects recognized with the CAPP President’s Award received by Encana on March 20, 2013.

Encana’s Race Against Hunger program with the World Professional Chuckwagon Association raised $11,285 and 1,085 pounds of food for Dawson Creek-area food banks in 2012. The initiative was one of three projects recognized with the CAPP President’s Award received by Encana on March 20, 2013.

Developed in conjunction with third-party toxicologists, the Responsible Products Program allows Encana to make objective, accurate assessments of its hydraulic fracturing fluid systems for potential impacts to human health or the environment using widely-accepted toxicological criteria. Encana then identifies any required operational controls to allow for responsible use of the additives or eliminate them from use entirely. The program has been shared with CAPP in support of the Fracturing Fluid Additive Risk Assessment and Management operating practice.

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