Pembina's Environment Management Program enables us to conduct our activities and operations in an environmentally responsible manner and to manage and minimize the impact of our assets and businesses on the environment throughout their lifecycle.
The Environment Management Program provides guidance on the regulatory requirements and Pembina’s commitment to environmental protection for all phases in the lifecycle of an asset: project planning, construction, operation, decommissioning and reclamation.
For details on Pembina's Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emmisions, land use and biodiversity, visit our Sustainability page.
Before beginning a new project, Pembina identifies project environmental hazards and risks, conducts environmental reviews and assessments and uses this information to understand the potential effects on the physical landscape (land, air, water), local wildlife and habitats, and heritage resources. It is important to record the pre-existing conditions during project planning in order to understand the current land capability for future reclamation requirements.
In 2019, a wildlife monitoring program was implemented for Pembina’s proposed Peace Expansion Project pipeline route. Trail cameras were set up to help the project team identify wildlife species in the area and to determine whether additional environmental mitigation should be put in place for construction and reclamation activities.
Pembina develops detailed Environmental Protection Plans (EPPs) in consultation with local regulatory authorities, Aboriginal communities, landowners, and other stakeholders to minimize our environmental footprint. By working closely with Aboriginal communities and stakeholders to identify potential risks or areas of concern, we're able to incorporate their input into our project design and future operating plans. This helps reduce the potential for harm to the environment.
Pembina has Environmental Inspectors (EIs) and specialists in the field during construction to oversee activities, ensure compliance and address any environmental concerns that may arise. Wildlife management can be a large component of environmental management during construction. Pembina’s EIs ensure that all mitigations identified in the EPP are followed; with particular attention paid to the protection of animals protected under the Species At Risk Act (SARA Species). The Project, Construction and Environment teams work closely together to develop and enact the necessary protections to ensure that SARA Species will thrive in their habitats during construction and subsequent operations activities.
Once the project construction or an operational activity is finished, a follow-up post-construction monitoring assessment is conducted to ensure the land reclamation is completed in a responsible manner that complies with all applicable regulations. The purpose of the assessment is to identify potential environmental concerns resulting from pipeline construction and operational activities, manage and reduce environmental impacts, assess effectiveness of environmental mitigation measures during construction and operational activities, and initiate corrective measures.
During operations and maintenance, we regularly inspect our facilities and pipeline right-of-ways for leaks, ground movements, washouts or other abnormal surface conditions, such as erosion and subsidence, weed infestation, and unauthorized third-party activities that can affect the safety and operation of our assets and potentially have negative impacts on the environment.
We do our due diligence by having groundwater monitoring networks at many of our operating facilities as an early warning system to flag potential environmental risks. Samples are collected on a regular basis and we use the results from these sites to map trends, gain early indications of potential soil/groundwater impact and identify and initiate appropriate actions, if necessary.
If unsuspected contamination is discovered during regular maintenance activities or following the release of harmful substances and historical substance releases, Pembina quickly responds to minimize any environmental risks associated with the impact through our Liability Management Program.
Environmental compliance audits of our assets are completed regularly to ensure that Pembina continues to operate responsibly. Audit findings are communicated corporately and support Pembina’s commitment to continuous improvement.
Decommissioning & Reclamation
When the time comes to abandon or decommission our facilities, we ensure that all abandonment and decommissioning activities are completed according to regulation. Environmental assessments are completed in support of developing remediation and reclamation plans. The end goal is to return the sites to the equivalent land capability; Pembina’s obligation to our stakeholders from whom we have borrowed the land.
Pembina values the environment and the stewardship role we play.