Environmental Stewardship

As part of our commitment to being a responsible operator, Pembina employs an Environmental Management System which allows us to minimize and manage the impact our growth projects and operations have on the natural environment.

Before beginning a new project, Pembina conducts environmental studies and assessments to understand the potential effects it may have on the soil, land, air, plants, wildlife and watershed. We then develop detailed plans in consultation with local regulatory authorities, Aboriginal communities, landowners and other stakeholders to minimize our environmental footprint.

Working with others

By working closely with our Aboriginal communities and stakeholders to identify potential risks or areas of concern, we're able to integrate their input into our project design and operating plans which helps reduce the potential for adverse effects on the environment. Pembina also deploys environmental inspectors and specialists in the field during construction where appropriate to assure environmental compliance and assist in mitigating environmental concerns that may arise.

 

Our Environmental Management System doesn't just apply to new projects. For example, we have installed groundwater monitoring wells at many of our operating facilities to mitigate potential environmental risks. We use the annual or bi-annual monitoring results from these sites to map trends, gain early indications of potential soil/groundwater impact and identify appropriate or necessary remedial actions.

We believe that measuring the effectiveness of our Environmental Management System by conducting regular environmental audits is the key to continuous improvement. At least one of Pembina's operating areas is subject to a third-party environmental audit every year. Findings are integrated into our overall Environmental Management System to help us work towards achieving our goal of zero incidents.

We perform regular environmental audits to measure the effectiveness of our Environmental Management System.

Reducing Emissions with New LEAF


Pembina is mindful about reducing its emissions and carbon footprint wherever we can. One of the ways we’re doing this is by employing a Railserve LEAF locomotive at our Redwater Fractionation and Storage facility in Redwater, Alberta. Railserve operates Pembina’s rail yard at the facility and their LEAF locomotive works to switch rail cars and prepare shipments for transport.

LEAF stands for ‘Lower Emissions and Fuel.’ Rising fuel costs, environmental concerns, and the desire for more efficient operations have prompted companies like ours to seek alternatives to conventional locomotives for our in-plant rail switching operations.

We have three engines at Redwater, including one LEAF, and we are evaluating the purchase of another to replace an older locomotive in the fleet.

Other benefits of LEAF include:
  • reduced fuel consumption of 45 to 65 percent over a conventional locomotive
  • reduced nitrogen oxide emissions and particulate matter by 84 percent
  • one-button push start eliminates up to 30 minutes of start-up preparation
  • 10 percent lower decibel output than conventional locomotives
  • for every 50 gallons per day of diesel not burned, a LEAF locomotive reduces green house gases by 400,000 pounds per year

Post-Construction Environmental and Native Prairie Monitoring on the Vantage Pipeline System

As part of Pembina’s ongoing commitment to the environment, we are sharing Post-Construction Environmental Monitoring and Native Prairie Monitoring documentation, which has been submitted to the National Energy Board, on our website. This documentation provides an overview of the recommendations to mitigate any environmental concerns post-construction with respect to Pembina's Vantage Pipeline.

Vantage Commitments Tracking Table

On March 13, 2012, the National Energy Board (“NEB”) issued Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity OC-059 (the “Certificate”) which authorizes the operation of the Vantage Pipeline. Pembina Prairie Facilities Ltd. (“Pembina”) received Leave to Enter into an Amalgamation Agreement on October 23, 2014, and on May 4, 2015, Amending Order AO-002-OC-059 (“Amending Order”) was issued, changing the name of the owner of the Vantage Pipeline to Pembina.
 
For compliance with Certificate Condition 26 – Commitments Tracking Table, Pembina is required to update the status of conditions of the Certificate publically on its website. To view Pembina's Completed Commitments Tracking Table, click here; for Pembina's Ongoing Commitments Tracking Table, click here. For more information about this initiative, please contact Pembina Pipeline Corporation’s Regulatory Affairs Group Email: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­regulatory@pembina.com