To ensure safety and reduce environmental impacts,
government authorities enforce strict environmental and equipment standards and
operating procedures on rigs. In developing regulations, the government consults
with industry bodies, such as the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling
Contractors and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.
The industry is addressing the environmental impacts of
drilling. For example, companies use new techniques to reduce the production of
waste fluids from drilling, to lessen the toxicity of drilling fluids and to
improve the disposal of waste fluids. Better planning reduces the surface
disturbance caused by drilling, and high standards are in place for site
Petroleum Communication Foundation. Our Petroleum Challenge: Exploring Canada's Oil and Gas Industry, Sixth Edition. Calgary: Petroleum Communication Foundation, 1999. With permission from the Centre for Energy.