Public concern surrounding hydraulic fracturing in the oil and natural gas industry is increasing. That’s got our attention, because public concern about oil and gas operations is a big concern to our member companies.
So to open up the lines of communication between oil and gas service sector companies and the public, PSAC launched the Working Energy Commitment. This is our commitment to listening and responding to questions and concerns about how our member companies operate.
Answering questions from community members gives us the chance to explain exactly how companies operate safely and responsibly in the communities where they work, meeting or exceeding all safety and environmental standards required by industry regulators.
We called our initiative the Working Energy Commitment because PSAC’s member companies are on the front line of the service sector, working on the ground in and near communities across Canada. They are drilling and completing wells, driving trucks, manufacturing tools, maintaining equipment, keeping sites clean and innovating new processes and technologies to advance safety and environmental protection. That’s really “working energy”!
Statement of Principles and Code of Conduct
PSAC’s Working Energy Commitment began with a Statement of Principles, a set of high-level guidelines under which our members conduct themselves, now and into the future. These principles were the values that helped steer us as we communicated and collaborated with our on-the-ground stakeholders and they were the foundation of the Hydraulic Fracturing Code of Conduct.
To gather community input into the purpose and content of the Code of Conduct, PSAC met with over 100 community members in seven regions in four provinces. Stakeholder feedback, combined with industry expertise, led to a Hydraulic Fracturing Code of Conduct that covers five key areas:
The Working Energy Commitment original founding member companies, whose logos appear below, are or have all been involved in hydraulic fracturing in Canada, and endorsed the Statement of Principles and Hydraulic Fracturing Code of Conduct. They were all involved in the Working Energy Commitment community engagement sessions.
Further, these companies, along with dozens of others, participate in Community Partners, the industry-wide, in-the-field courtesy program supported by Canada’s seven major oil and gas industry trade associations.
As part of our commitment to listening actively to stakeholders, in 2013 we held a series of community engagement events in areas that perform hydraulic fracturing in Alberta and Western Canada.
Click on the map above to view the presentation for each province.
Participants were invited to discuss any issues or concerns they had related to hydraulic fracturing in their communities. Representatives from the oil and gas service sector, PSAC and regulators were on hand to answer questions about hydraulic fracturing and other oilpatch operations. Frequently asked questions have been posted as FAQs.
View a summary of the input we received, including a list of stakeholder groups represented at the sessions:
Informed stakeholder input helped guide the development of the Hydraulic Fracturing Code of Conduct, a tangible and enduring outcome of our community engagement process.
We thank all our valued stakeholders for their participation, ideas and commitment!
Our community engagement sessions opened up a positive and productive dialogue with community members and other important stakeholders. We’re going to continue to foster ongoing discussions with our stakeholders, so they can air their concerns, ask questions and learn how our member companies are committed to safe, responsible and innovative practices in all areas of activity.
If you have questions or feedback on the community engagement sessions, hydraulic fracturing in Canada or the Code of Conduct, we invite you to contact us.