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New Mexico’s state treasurer is calling on state environmental regulators to close loopholes in proposed rules aimed at reducing emissions of methane and other pollutants from the oil and natural gas industry. State Treasurer Tim Eichenberg confirmed that he has joined with a long list of socially responsible investment groups that are citing gaps in proposed regulations from the Environment Department and the state Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department. They outlined their position in a letter sent to Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Lujan Grisham’s administration has said New Mexico stands to have some of the most expansive rules for addressing methane and other emissions from the oil and gas industry after many meetings with industry experts and environmentalists. The draft rules released by the environment department target oil and natural gas equipment that emit volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides.
Reporting on environmental performance at Total E&P consists in recording an extensive series of quantitative and qualitative indicators on every operated site to monitor the effect of E&P activities on the environment. The data are then consolidated and the results exploited at affiliate level as well as at the E&P Head Offices level. Collecting, validating and managing in real time such an extensive number of indicators requires a safe and fully integrated system able to match the size and complexity of Total E&P. If managing environmental data with Excel™ sheets was possible in the first years of reporting, it rapidly appeared that this methodology was unable to face an ever growing demand of accuracy and representativeness. Consequently an integrated reporting system, supported by a web-based tool, was developed.
Reporting on environmental performance answers two major challenges. Firstly the need to know precisely and at any time, the condition of all E&P installations relative to the regulatory provisions of the countries hosting our activities, and relative to our own in-house standards. Secondly the need to have a set of quantitative and qualitative data that help to define and implement pertinent actions to improve performance and to monitor their effect in the short to medium term. Reporting on environmental performance is therefore essential to steering the Company's environmental policy.
Reporting on environmental performance: a dual approach.
Two environmental performance monitoring frequencies have been adopted: a monthly one and a yearly one.
The Monthly Monitoring programme
The Monthly Monitoring programme enables to monitor the evolution of a limited number of key indicators on each operated site, and an Annual Report consolidates the environmental performances of each operating affiliate, based on a large number of recorded values.
Monthly monitoring is first and foremost a management dashboard for the operating affiliates, as well as for E&P Head Offices. It helps keep track of a limited number of key indicators on a monthly basis, and follow up the corrective actions taken to improve environmental performance.
The monthly indicators represent domains in which our activities may leave a significant footprint on the environment. They are also the ones most often monitored by the regulatory authorities of the countries hosting our activities, and by our own in-house standards. They concern:
These quantitative data are collected every month on each operated site, using a unique tool common to the entire E&P Branch and administrated by the Environment Department of the HSE Division at E&P Head Offices level. The basic data (masses, volumes, compositions) are captured and validated in each affiliate by environmental specialists in charge of reporting. The software automatically computes atmospheric emissions including Greenhouse gases emissions, averages and consolidations to date and yearly. The evolution of each indicator is automatically compared against annual target values set by the affiliate.
The dataset validated by each affiliate is exploited by the Environment department of the HSE Division for consolidation and publication at E&P Head Offices level.
As the National Energy Company of Trinidad and Tobago, Petrotrin is committed to the sustainable use of natural resources and environmental protection and seeks to develop and implement a proactive environmental outreach programme with our neighbouring communities.
The elements of Petrotrin's Environmental Outreach programmes are:
Implementation of a school beautification programme, which involved the distribution of plants to 25 selected schools within the Company's operational areas. The objective of this is to increase environmental awareness among children while simultaneously promoting an aesthetically pleasing environment.
Construction of a recreational facility and restoration of the Pointe-a-Pierre Beach adjacent to the island's sole refinery, for residents of the surrounding communities. There is an absence of such facilities along a 70 km stretch on the west coast of Trinidad. The project includes protection of the eroded coastline, and the improvement of the area aesthetically for use by the public for recreational purposes. This facility is estimated to cost over US$2,000,000, the majority of which will be incurred in the construction of a concrete sea wall which will protect the restored beach from further erosion. Petrotrin recognizes the importance and numerous benefits of fostering a harmonious relationship with our neighbours.
Donation of twelve (12) Advanced GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Kits to secondary schools over the last three (3) years in commemoration of World Environment Day. Donations have also been given for the printing and publication of a PAHO booklet "Healthy Homes, Healthy Communities" for primary school children.
Participation by students of primary and secondary schools in a Climate Change Essay Competition, which was aimed at increasing their knowledge on the effects of Climate Change.
Petrotrin's Board of Directors and Management stand behind this commitment, championing the company's environmental responsibilities to provide a healthier living and working community.
Operations of the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (Petrotrin) span the Southern half of the island Trinidad. Petrotrin's primary operations include Exploration and Production, (E&P) and Refining and Marketing (R&M). The average oil production is approximately fifty five thousand (55,000) barrels per day, and the refining throughput is approximately one hundred and sixty thousand (160,000) barrels per day.
Operations of this integrated oil and gas company span the Southern half of the island Trinidad, where locals have lived within the oil fields from the inception of exploration and production activities as early as 1910.
Many operations within the petroleum exploration and production industry have the potential to impact the environment in some way and because the high costs of noncompliance with the numerous regulations governing the industry and the high costs associated with the loss of public trust for damaging the environment, substantial resources must be dedicated to minimizing environmental impact, and educating the community on how to deal with these environmental impacts. This company is therefore faced with a number of environmental challenges arising from its current operations and the legacies from predecessor companies and the communities within the area of the oil industry.