Industry Releases Stewardship Progress Report



    CALGARY, March 15 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
(CAPP) has released its 2006 Stewardship Progress Report. The report is part
of CAPP's Stewardship initiative - a mandatory commitment for CAPP members to
continuous improvement in environment, health, safety and social performance.
Launched in 1999, Stewardship is unique to the Canadian upstream petroleum
industry - there is no other program like it in the world.
    Each year member companies are required to report data to measure
performance. The report highlights this performance in areas including
greenhouse gas emissions, benzene emissions, spills and releases, water use,
air quality and safety. It addresses where the industry has steadily reduced
its impact on the environment and where improvements must be made. Notable
improvements include:

    
    -   Benzene emissions reached a new low in 2005.
    -   90% of water in major oil and gas projects is recycled and reused -
        the oil and gas industry has made significant progress in reducing
        use of freshwater through alternatives like saline water and CO2
        injection to enhance oil recovery and recycling. One-third of water
        allocated to the industry under license is actually used.
    -   The Total Recordable Injury Frequency (TRIF) for workers is the
        lowest since Stewardship reporting began in 1999.
    

    "CAPP members take Stewardship seriously and respect the fact that our
stakeholders expect more transparency. Industry has tracked its performance
for almost a decade for this reason. Participation in Stewardship exemplifies
our commitment to reducing environmental, health, safety and social impacts.
We know we have work to do on issues that concern Canadians. It's through
Stewardship that we hope to better address those concerns." says Pierre
Alvarez, CAPP President.
    Individual member company commitments to Stewardship are also reflected
in their adoption of Stewardship principles in their own policies and
operating practices evident through many innovative projects and programs. Our
member companies are recognized for their Stewardship commitments through the
annual Steward of Excellence Awards - held in May - which honor programs,
initiatives and projects that demonstrate excellence in environment, health,
safety and social performance. These awards are meant to illustrate what
industry is doing and to encourage other companies to do the same.
    Through Stewardship, companies also work collaboratively with local
communities, industry associations and provincial regulators on various
initiatives that demonstrate commitment to continuous improvement. These
include participation in provincial synergy groups, community outreach and
educational programs and many research and development projects. CAPP most
recently developed the Stewardship Advisory Group - an external advisory group
that will review and evaluate Stewardship's vision, commitments, reporting
measures and progress to identify areas for improvement.
    For a copy of the report, visit www.capp.ca

    The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) represents
150 companies that explore for, develop and produce natural gas, natural gas
liquids, crude oil, oil sands, and elemental sulphur throughout Canada. CAPP
member companies produce more than 95 per cent of Canada's natural gas and
crude oil.





For further information:

For further information: Renee Kelly, CAPP Public Affairs, Telephone:
(403) 267-1152, Kelly@capp.ca

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