SUSTAINABILITY

A top priority for us is to be a responsible, good neighbour in the communities where we live, work and operate. As we engage our stakeholders, we take a collaborative approach, and believe in sharing ideas, expectations and solutions to benefit everyone involved. Moreover, we continually make health, safety and environment a top priority and work with all stakeholders in the communities in which we operate.

2020 ESG Performance Highlights

  • Health and safety is paramount at Veresen Midstream and we are pleased to have recorded zero fatalities

  • Handled enough natural gas to heat 31 percent of Canada's homes

  • Demonstrated our support to the communities where we have a presence, with 42 percent of community investment spent on wellness

  • Increased spend with Indigenous suppliers by 50 percent over the prior year

  • Advanced our responsible asset performance with 87 percent of electricity powered by renewable energy

  • Continued to make diversity a key success factor, with women making up 54 percent of our workforce and 50 percent of our leadership

For more information on how we achieve our ESG goals, read our full 2020 report.

 

Community Investment

Through our Community Investment program, we support causes and initiatives that have a meaningful and long-lasting impact in communities. Our goal is to see strong, growing communities in the areas where we live, work and operate.

Veresen Midstream partners with non-profit and charitable organizations that are based in, or support, the communities where we operate. Within this framework, we focus our investments on organizations that:

  • improve access to education

  • protect or preserve the environment

  • promote safety

  • create community space

  • encourage wellness

To apply for funding, please fill out the online application form.

 

For more information on how to apply for funding, please email welisten@veresenmidstream.com

Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S)

Veresen Midstream is committed to meeting or exceeding existing safety and environmental laws, regulations and appropriate industry standards at each of our facilities and ensuring the health and safety of its employees and the public, and the protection of the environment. For Veresen Midstream, the health, safety and wellness of our employees, their families, and stakeholders living within our areas of operation is paramount.

Veresen Midstream provides the necessary resources and uses industry best practices to create a safe workplace and ensures all its employees and contractors are properly trained to operate its facilities and conduct company business in a safe, environmentally conscious and responsible manner.

LEADERSHIP 

Visible leadership and accountability throughout our organization is required and we believe our employees and contractors are responsible for their own safety, the safety of fellow employees, and the safety of the public at each of our facilities and offices.

To find out more about our commitments to safety, security, and the environment, see our Safety, Security, and Environment Protection Policy.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Veresen Midstream General Partner Inc. and Veresen Midstream Limited Partnership (together “Veresen Midstream”) utilizes Pembina and Ovintiv as contract operators to manage operations in both Alberta and BC.

Ovintiv’s Environment Health & Safety (EH&S) Management system, ethos, is designed to measure, track and understand EH&S performance. It includes EH&S standards and practices and relies on formal internal and external audits to verify conformance, regulatory compliance, alignment, identify gaps, and corrective actions.

Veresen Midstream and Ovintiv have executed a Bridging Document describing the emergency response interface between the two companies and the roles, responsibilities, response protocols and jurisdictional boundaries applicable to the operations of field operations. An updated Bridging Document was filed with the National Energy Board on May 6, 2016.

View the ethos standards and practices documentation on the Ovintiv website.

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Pembina’s emergency management program, established under Pembina’s Health, Safety and Environment Policy, includes plans to prepare for an emergency response to foreseeable circumstances, provides a continuous cycle of improvement, and maintains a comprehensive set of processes and procedures.

View Pembina’s emergency management program details on the Pembina website. Emergency Management Plan and Program information is available publicly in accordance with CER orders AO-001-MO-006-2016 & AO-001-MO-002-2017.

CER Regulated Pipelines

Veresen Midstream owns four CER regulated pipelines called the Tupper Pipelines. The Tupper Pipelines are: Tupper-Hythe Pipeline, Mid-Tupper Pipeline, Tupper South Gas Pipeline and Tupper South Pipeline Loop. The Tupper Pipelines are operated by Pembina.

A Letter of Credit is on file with the CER to ensure Veresen Midstream has the funds to safely abandon the Tupper Pipelines should they no longer be needed in the future. Veresen Midstream files Annual Reporting Forms with the CER, which can be found at the links below.

For more information about this initiative, please contact regulatory@pembina.com.

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

Training

Ovintiv maintains a production operations competency management program to maintain operator competency for employees and contractor field workers. Service providers are evaluated by their employers and Ovintiv operations. Training plans ensure operations roles receive training in Ovintiv practices, policies, guidelines, procedures, directives, checklists, and required safety certifications. Onboarding of new employees identifies training deficiencies and these are remediated before commencement of work. There are quarterly leadership meetings which review training metrics and activities.

In addition to their continuing education program, Pembina ensures that its staff are trained on their response roles and response procedures, as identified within the emergency management program. Pembina emergency exercises are conducted to train appropriate personnel and utilize exercise scenarios based on identified hazards. Designated personnel who may respond to an emergency event complete ICS Canada certified incident command training.

IN AN EMERGENCY

Veresen Midstream General Partner Inc. and Veresen Midstream Limited Partnership (together “Veresen Midstream”) utilizes Contract Operators to manage operations in both Alberta and BC. Pembina Pipeline Corporation, as a joint owner of Veresen Midstream, operates a portion of the Tupper Pipeline System.

Emergency Management and Response

Veresen Midstream, and its joint owner Pembina Pipeline Corporation, took over operatorship of a portion of the Tupper Pipeline System from Ovintiv (formerly Encana) in August 2020.

View Veresen’s Emergency Response Plan, including the applicable Tupper assets.

View Emergency Management Program details.

The Plan and Program information are available publicly in accordance with CER orders AO-001-MO-006-2016 & MO-002-2017.

If you spot an incident

Hythe and Steeprock Gas Plants and Tupper Pipeline segments (operated by Pembina)

24-hour emergency number: 1-855-577-4555

Saturn, Sunrise, and Tower Gas Plants (operated by Ovintiv)

24-hour emergency number: 1-403-645-3333

Call Before You Dig

If you are planning any type of ground disturbance in the area of our operations, please use the links below to arrange for the marking of buried facilities (pipelines). This will ensure your safety and that of our assets.

PIPELINES REGULATED BY THE CANADA ENERGY REGULATOR

Information for Canadian Landowners

In 2008, the National Energy Board (NEB) initiated Land Matters Consultation. A part of this initiative was pipeline abandonment. The Canada Energy Regulator has replaced the NEB and has directed the companies it regulates to have a set aside mechanism. Further Information on the Land Matters Consultation Initiative is available to the public by visiting the CER’s website at www.cer-rec.gc.ca.

CER Regulated Pipelines

Veresen Midstream owns four CER regulated pipelines called the Tupper Pipelines. The Tupper Pipelines are: Tupper-Hythe Pipeline, Mid-Tupper Pipeline, Tupper South Gas Pipeline and Tupper South Pipeline Loop.

A Letter of Credit is on file with the CER to ensure Veresen Midstream has the funds to safely abandon the Tupper Pipelines should they no longer be needed in the future. Veresen Midstream files Annual Reporting Forms with the CER, which can be found at the links below.

For more information about this initiative, please contact regulatory@pembina.com.

Canada Energy Regulator Annual Reporting Forms

HAZARD IDENTIFICATION & RISK

Safety Data Sheets

The SDS below are intended to provide workers and emergency personnel with information for handling or working with substances in a safe manner. This includes information such as physical data, toxicity, health effects, first aid, reactivity, storage, disposal, protective equipment, and spill-handling procedures.