While the greatest impact is in the work we do for our customers, SECURE has also embarked on measures to reduce our own environmental impact.
Our services are designed to mitigate environmental impacts and facilitate responsible management of water, waste, landfill leachate and land through a broad range of customer activities. We strive to meet or exceed all regulatory requirements and minimize our impact on the environment, while meeting customer needs and expectations. We monitor our environmental performance on an ongoing basis and report quarterly to the ESG Committee of the Board of Directors.
Our environmental business lines support our customers with experience and expertise for managing their environmental projects and liabilities. Environmental Services provided to customers include:
- Remediation and reclamation equipment services
- NORM management
- Well abandonment
- Waste management
- Metal recycling
In this section, you'll find details on:
Land Use, Reclamation and Asset Retirement
Our goal is to meet or exceed regulatory requirements and return impacted land back to the environment.
SECURE is committed to responsible asset development throughout an asset’s lifecycle. We undertook assessment, abandonment, decommissioning, remediation and reclamation activities in 2021 at many of our sites, spending over $10 million. These activities included:
- Ten wells abandoned
- Pre-abandonment work at five caverns
- Seven environmental assessments
- Twenty sites with decommissioning, remediation and reclamation activities at various states
SECURE is required to retire its assets once they have reached their end of life. Asset retirement often occurs over the course of several years due to the scope of activities undertaken and seasonal limitations, therefore, the number of sites undergoing closure varies each year. SECURE is currently in the process of creating a five-year strategy on its Asset
Retirement Obligation which will be incorporated into its capital spending strategy.
SECURE has established a baseline and set a short-term target of reducing freshwater usage by 5% in 2022.
From sourcing to transportation, use and re-use to final disposal, SECURE is exploring technologies and implementing best practices to reduce the total volume of freshwater we use.
A major potential consequence of climate change is the impact on the world’s water supply. Sourcing a sufficient quantity and quality of water could become problematic if freshwater supplies are restricted. Water is an essential input in the production and extraction of resources. We are also helping our customers manage their water needs through offering various onsite water solutions.
SECURE owns and/or operates centralized water hubs, where recycling can occur, providing customers with economical access to the water required for their operations while efficiently managing the wastewater generated. Such conservation and recycling solutions help reduce the environmental impact of drilling oil and gas wells while reducing the overall carbon footprint associated with water handling.
SECURE is committed to reducing the use of freshwater through the application of innovative solutions for reuse. SECURE primarily uses freshwater for vacuum truck washouts, maintenance and cleaning at our Midstream Infrastructure and waste processing facilities. In 2021, approximately 618,500m3 of water was withdrawn or purchased for domestic and industrial purposes. From that total, 63% was groundwater, 15% was surface water and 22% was water purchased from a municipality or water hauler. As a result of the merger, more robust tracking of water was implemented across 45 additional facilities resulting in a 13.8% increase in reported use compared to 2020.
Surface water run-off that comes in contact with our facility operational areas is required to be managed using engineered surface run-off control, facility containment and diversion systems. In 2021, SECURE returned approximately 718,000m3
of water back to the watershed because it met surface water quality discharge criteria.
SECURE routinely conducts surface and ground water monitoring at the majority of its fixed facility locations where there is potential for impact. SECURE maintains strict performance standards and monitoring to mitigate any potential environmental impacts as well as help assess our water management performance.
La Glace Midstream Processing Facility Water Usage
In an effort to reduce water usage across the Midstream Facility network, La Glace Midstream Processing Facility and La Glace South Midstream Processing Facility were identified as having opportunities for improvement in their water usage; both facilities operated at approximately the same capacity but had differing water usage, one using significantly more than its neighbour. As part of the project, meters were installed to track water use accurately, gain operational awareness and to identify key optimization opportunities across several water intensive processes. To date, savings of 32m3 of water per day has been realized through operational efficiency improvements.
Processes Meters Applied to
Water Reduction Results to Date
|Vacuum truck offload pads||Currently collecting meter data|
|Boiler line and make up||Currently collecting meter data|
|Flocculant package||~15m3 per day|
|Filter pots||Currently collecting meter data|
|Hopper auto flush||~15m3 per day|
|Steam system||~2m3 per day|
|Total Savings to Date: 32m3 of water per day|
SECURE’s Midstream Processing Facilities are designed and operated to maximize hydrocarbon recovery, adding value for our customers and minimizing the overall environmental impact. On behalf of our customers, SECURE safely processed
the following volumes in 2021:
- 253,983m3 of crude oil recovered from waste was shipped to market
- Safely disposed of 3,624,174 tonnes of waste in our landfills
- Injected 9,152,851m3 produced water and wastewater in our injection well network
“As a combined company, our waste services and facilities have expanded by providing a suite of waste management solutions spanning the waste and by-product management life cycle of industrial and energy customers. We offer services both on our customers’ sites and through our network of transfer stations to help our customers effectively manage their waste and operate in an environmentally compliant manner.”
-Merrilee Edge, Director, Waste Management, Environmental Solutions
- SECURE generates hazardous process solids by processing and treating our customers’ waste to increase hydrocarbon recovery, remove contaminants and minimize fluid content across our Midstream Infrastructure network. SECURE also directly receives hazardous solids from our customers’ operations at our waste pads. In 2021, the combined total of SECURE-generated and our customers’ hazardous solid waste totaled 56,138 metric tonnes. This waste was disposed of in our engineered hazardous waste landfills in accordance with regulatory requirements
- At SECURE’s three caverns, 45,638 metric tonnes of recyclable hazardous waste was disposed with over 58%, or 15,193m3, recovered as oil
In addition, SECURE offers onsite management of waste projects, through its field services team, which provides customers with onsite supervision, site clean-up, transportation and disposal of various waste streams. The field services team also offers emergency response, spill containment and impact assessment services.