Our responsibilities

Our guarantees

From the very start of each project, right through to completion, Pétrolia seeks to minimize the social and environmental impact of its operations and limit the risks. As a responsible Quebec company, we systematically analyze each of our operations to be sure they uphold existing regulations and the highest industry standards. We have also implemented an emergency response plan so that we can respond immediately and effectively to any potential incident.

When it comes to environmental prevention, Pétrolia must not only comply with government standards, but is also required to have adequate insurance coverage. We have several types of insurance coverage, the scope of which increases as our operations become more complex.

Respect for the environment is achieved through a range of measures:

  • In the preparatory stage, Pétrolia ensures that chosen working methods minimize risk (spills, blow outs, etc.). For example, to reduce the risk of leakage during drilling, aboveground steel tanks are used to store the drilling mud rather than plastic-lined pits.
  • During operations, the safety plan is applied to prevent incidents or minimize the impact of an accident.

Ultimately, it is each participant’s commitment to health, safety and environmental protection that will ensure the quality of our operations. Efficient operations must be both safe and environmentally friendly.

Our emergency response plan

Despite the many precautions taken to prevent incidents, there is no such thing as zero risk. It is thus important to establish the critical actions to be taken in the event of an emergency.

Emergency drills are conducted to make sure everyone knows precisely what to do in an emergency, and to verify the effectiveness of emergency procedures.

All employees receive health and safety training before they begin working on the site. Before each shift, they must also attend a “toolbox meeting” to go over the relevant safety regulations to be observed. Employees also receive special training to maintain on site safety and respond appropriately in the event of an incident. Drilling technicians and supervisors hold standard certifications attesting to their ability to handle drilling incidents.

Given the remoteness of the Bourque site, a nurse is also on hand for the duration of operations.

Low-severity incidents
For low-severity incidents, the plan sets out the emergency procedures that will prevent a minor incident from worsening unduly. For example, if someone is injured, the response will take into consideration whether the site is isolated or is close to medical facilities. Planning ahead for emergencies can help reduce the impact of minor incidents and prevent major damage.

Serious incidents
The emergency plan also includes a component for serious incidents (well blow outs, oil fires, spills, etc.). Special procedures must immediately take effect to handle the crisis with the greatest caution and efficiency. A list of contact information for individuals or businesses whose involvement might be needed to help manage the crisis is also drawn up. 

This confidential plan is distributed to the relevant authorities, including the fire department.

Toolbox meeting to discuss safety