We understand the necessity of having strong relationships with the communities where we operate. We have dedicated local team members engaging directly with residents, governments and other stakeholders to answer questions and discuss our operational processes and plans. They are focused on listening and responding to community concerns.
We are committed to reducing the impacts of our operations through education, innovation and proactive planning. Across our operating areas, we expect our employees and suppliers to maintain courteous and respectful behavior throughout all stages of our operations. This includes responding to community concerns regarding noise, light, traffic and dust in a prompt and respectful manner.
Responding to Concerns
Early Engagement and Noise Mitigation
We take great care to proactively engage with communities in advance of new activity, particularly when our sites are in close proximity to residents.
For example, in Oklahoma, this included re-occupying an existing location that now has a subdivision close to the original wells. In advance of activity, we engaged the city government and chamber of commerce to inform them of our development plans and sent notifications to impacted residents within one-quarter mile of the location, including contact details for any questions or concerns. When dialogue with residents raised concerns over noise levels, our team responded by installing permanent sound walls around the compressors. We also proactively engaged multiple internal teams to develop a risk-mitigation strategy for sound issues and determined that the best course of action was temporary sound walls during drilling and completions as well as for the first 30 days of production.
Minimized Site Lighting
In response to concerns raised by our neighbors, we have invested considerable resources to minimize our site lighting disturbance in Canadian operating areas, with the goal of keeping the illumination within leased boundaries. On permanent facilities, we continue to explore ways to reduce lighting impacts on-site, starting with facility design.
For our temporary sites, we are working to use fewer generator and light tower combinations to reduce the cumulative light impact and noise. Addressing lighting concerns must never outweigh the safety and security of our employees so solutions are assessed carefully on a site-by-site basis.
Pipeline transport allows liquids and natural gas to flow through underground pipes instead of being trucked to different destinations. By reducing our truck traffic, we also decrease our potential for spills, tailpipe emissions, driving accidents, traffic congestion, dust and noise on area rural roads.
The community engagement team in our Canadian operations hit the streets in early 2022 to re-connect in person with stakeholders across the region. COVID-19 made it difficult to have a physical presence over the past couple of years, but as communities started to reopen, Ovintiv staff were out in the spirit of continuous improvement to do a pulse check with landowners and neighbors. As a team, we were eager to have open conversations about our operations and get feedback from the people we work with and live alongside.
Bakken Rocks Cookfest
The Bakken Rocks CookFest offers North Dakotans the opportunity to get out and learn more about the oil and natural gas industry, hear from industry experts, meet employees of the companies working in the area and, best of all, eat some of the best BBQ in the state. With games and activities for kids, giveaways and live music, this free event is fun for the whole family.
Our Bakken staff volunteered their time in the STEM kids’ learning area as well as at the fishing derby. At the event finale, North Dakota Petroleum Council President, Ron Ness, awarded Kriss Hollis’ grandson Brayden with an award as Ovintiv’s youngest and hardest working volunteer.
Dawson Creek Stakeholder BBQ
After COVID-19 cancelled the 2020 event, it was time to dust off the boots, grab a hat and saddle up for the 99th annual Dawson Creek Exhibition in northeast British Columbia in 2021. As in past years, Ovintiv sponsored the annual stakeholder BBQ at the chuckwagon races.
The event was organized and hosted by Surface Land, Community Relations and Canadian Operations. The local Junior Volleyball Club assisted our staff with the event and Step Up & Ride helped ensure people got home safely at the end of the night. Including staff, approximately 150 people attended, with representation from the local First Nations, landowners, government, regulators and first responders.
After all the community support, including Ovintiv’s corporate match, $6,870 and over 500 lbs. of food were donated to local food banks through the Race Against Hunger event.