At ARC, we are dedicated to minimizing the impact our operations have on the environment. We understand responsible management is an integral part of strong corporate citizenship, and we approach it strategically and progressively. We continuously aim to exceed regulation through the implementation of proactive and innovative projects. Here are some examples of how ARC is working to protect our land, water and air.
ARC’s Eco-Efficiency Program, launched in 2009, focuses on funding energy efficiency projects and emerging technologies throughout ARC’s operations. This includes projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reduce fuel and electricity consumption, and utilize waste products while maintaining reliability and maximizing production.
An independent budget and distinct project parameters have been set for the program. Eligible projects must be measurable and economically feasible. Since the program began in 2009, 32 projects have been completed and an estimated 25,000 tonnes of CO2 per year of total reductions has been achieved.
ARC has developed the process of frac-water recycling to treat and recycle water used in the production of tight gas reserves. ARC jointly developed this technology with Amperage Energy, and in 2009 was the first operator to successfully apply water recycling to fracturing operations in northeastern British Columbia. The result of the process has been a decreased demand on the local water supply, and a reduced need for transportation and disposal of flow-back water.
Redwater Soil Treatment Facility
ARC’s Redwater Soil Treatment Facility was constructed in 2008 to treat hydrocarbon contaminated soil. The process uses turning of the soil piles, aeration, fertilizers and nutrients to facilitate the biodegradation of the hydrocarbons. As a result of the treatment previously contaminated soil may be returned to the original site or to another formerly contaminated site, saving the soil from being disposed of in a landfill.
The facility has the capacity to treat 30,000 tonnes of soil (equivalent to 20,000 m³), which is enough to cover one football field with nearly four meters of soil. To-date, the facility has treated over 45,000 tonnes of soil that would have otherwise gone to the landfill.