To live out our core value to be a good neighbor and continue to earn our good reputation for land stewardship, Devon is sharply focused on preventing spills in our operations.
Seeking to stop spills before they happen
In keeping with the pollution prevention principle in our EHS Philosophy, we employ the appropriate tools and techniques to minimize discharges of oil, produced water and other materials from equipment and facilities. Examples of our preventive measures include secondary containment, nearly full tank alarms and offsite equipment monitoring with the ability to shut in facilities remotely. In Canada, Devon has spill-response equipment that includes helicopter-portable containers, mobile Western Canadian Spill Services (WCSS) trailers, as well as a mobile well-head deflector shield. Devon has loaned this equipment to nearby operating facilities.
To ensure compliance with environmental rules and regulations, Devon’s environmental management program includes a comprehensive Spill Prevention Countermeasure and Control (SPCC) protocol that details the responsibilities, equipment, procedures and steps to prevent, control and provide adequate countermeasures to a discharge.
One of the important steps we take to prevent spills is making employees and contractors aware of their responsibility to immediately report near misses, such as a storage tank approaching full volume or signs of wear that may result in a leak. We respond and make repairs as needed to stop any potential spill.
When a spill occurs, we remediate, investigate the cause and take corrective action to prevent recurrence. Our environmental risk indicator tracks spills and near-misses so we can identify trends and address the root causes of spills.
Tracking, reporting and targeting
Devon has a robust spill-reporting and tracking system that requires reporting unintentional releases of any material associated with our operations, such as oil, produced water and chemicals. We hold ourselves accountable for improving our performance by setting an annual corporate target for the lost-spill rate.
We’ll continue to invest in equipment, train our workforce and track progress to ensure we prevent spills and mitigate their impacts.