We Stand for Our Environment

Managing Spills & Releases

Denbury’s environmental responsibility strategy starts with preventing spills and releases and having measures in place to respond to incidents or other emergencies if they do occur. Our environmental policies and measurement of our Health, Safety and Environmental (“HSE”) performance form the foundation of our management of spills and releases. We also focus on spill prevention in all aspects of our operations, and we have put emergency preparedness and emergency response programs in place in order to respond to any incidents that may occur.

Environmental policies & performance

Denbury seeks to continuously improve our HSE performance by focusing on training and preparedness with established measurement systems to monitor our results. Denbury has a long-standing commitment to setting and achieving high standards for protecting the environment. To accomplish our goals, we focus on the safety of our employees, implement high standards of environmental stewardship and ethical conduct, and work proactively to be a good corporate citizen by aligning our interests with those of our neighbors.

We are committed to eliminating all environmental incidents in our operations. Our commitment begins with our leadership and extends to our employees and contractors. Everyone is empowered and expected to work safely and protect the environment by recognizing and proactively addressing potential hazards and stopping any job they believe to be unsafe or which poses an environmental threat. The success of our HSE programs hinges on a commitment from our senior management and awareness, training and actions of our employees.

We track performance indicators designed to measure progress towards our environmental goals including spill prevention and regulatory compliance. These metrics are monitored and reported to the Board of Directors and all employees to reinforce their importance. The compensation of all Denbury employees is partially tied to the achievement of these goals to further reinforce the importance of safety in everything we do.

It is Denbury’s policy to:
  • Comply with all pertinent environmental laws, rules and regulations, not just because it is legally required, but because we believe it is the responsible way to conduct our business;
  • Set HSE targets and goals annually to measure our performance, to achieve superior results and to continually improve;
  • Monitor, revise and reemploy environmental assessments on a regular basis;
  • Empower and expect employees and contractors to promptly report noncompliance and to take immediate action to prevent environmental accidents;
  • Provide relevant information to contractors and require them to provide proper training for the environmentally sound performance of their work;
  • Communicate our commitment to this policy to our subsidiaries, affiliates and contractors and seek their support.

As a condition of employment, all employees are required to comply with all environmental-related rules and regulations. Each employee understands that they are individually responsible for their own safety and the safety of those around them and that any violation of this policy will be cause for immediate disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.

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Spill prevention efforts

Denbury’s HSE policy emphasizes spill prevention and minimization with a focus on sound design and engineering standards to prevent spills from occurring.

Our operations are somewhat unique because the fields we operate often contain wellbores drilled, and subsequently plugged and abandoned, decades ago by prior operators. The carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery (“CO2 EOR”) process involves injecting CO2 back into mature reservoirs to mobilize stranded oil. Therefore, it is important for the previously plugged and abandoned wells to maintain well integrity. To help ensure that all wellbores in a field are appropriately secured, we have developed an internal review process in order to evaluate wells. Wells that need additional work are designated for repair to help ensure their integrity. Denbury has experienced engineering teams that focus on this review program.

In an effort to learn from every opportunity, we encourage and support incident reporting at all levels. By studying the root cause of actual events, near misses and close calls, we can work towards removing and/or mitigating the circumstances that might have led to the unwanted event. Any identified corrective actions are implemented to prevent similar occurrences.

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Emergency response plan

The Denbury Control Center is where we remotely monitor functionality of our CO2 pipeline networks 24/7.

At Denbury, we focus on prevention of incidents through our project designs, planning, implementation and execution. However, we also remain prepared to respond quickly and effectively to an incident.

Denbury has a company-wide Emergency Response Plan that covers various types of emergencies, including spill response, well-control events, natural disasters, fire and pandemics. Emergency Response Plans, Facility Response Plans, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plans are employed at our field locations, where applicable. Emergency response procedures are routinely communicated through orientations, drills, exercises and routine training meetings.

Denbury also has staff trained and experienced in emergency response procedures. We manage all incidents using the National Incident Management System (“NIMS”) and the Incident Command System (“ICS”). Each year, key employees are trained in ICS to be prepared to respond to any incident. Our first priorities in any incident are the safety of our personnel and the public and the protection of the environment.

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Message From Our CEO

Phil Rykhoek President and Chief Executive Officer

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