The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) commissioned this study to identify new and evolving innovative practices and technologies that reduce the footprint of oil and gas activities in forested regions of Canada. The objective of this report is to describe the anticipated environmental and social benefits of footprint reduction and, where possible, to assess the incremental economic benefits or costs of these techniques relative to the costs of conventional practices. This is intended to establish a set of tools that CAPP companies can apply to minimize both project-specific impacts and regional cumulative effects.
This report describes the approach taken to complete the project, presents a discussion on the relationships between footprint and cumulative effects, and outlines the various techniques utilized by CAPP companies to reduce the footprint of oil and gas activities. The report also includes an analysis of the application of various techniques to reduce footprint and associated cumulative effects and includes fifteen case studies that illustrate evolving practices currently undertaken by selected CAPP member companies.
R. McManus Consulting Ltd., Integrated Environments Ltd. and Salmo Consulting Inc. 2004. Evolving Approaches to Minimize the Footprint of the Canadian Oil and Natural Gas Industry. Prepared for Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. 107 pages.