Shell Pinedale Producing Operations Re-Certified for ISO 14001
Audit examined environmental management systems
by Shell Oil Company media release
September 1, 2010
PINEDALE – Bureau Veritas Certification (BCV) has renewed the International Standards Organization (ISO) 14001:2004 certification for Shell’s Pinedale natural gas producing operations following an independent audit. The ISO 14001:2004 standard reviews the effectiveness of health, safety and environmental management systems based on specific performance criteria.
Most notably, the inspector reported that Shell has effectively integrated plans and activities related to air emissions, spills, soil remediation, and wildlife into its operations. Activities include a 63 percent reduction in volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions field wide by implementing controls on tanks and heat trace pumps, using infrared cameras every two months to detect potential leaks and installing a liquids gathering system (LGS). The LGS is also minimizing habitat disturbance by eliminating most storage tanks and significantly reducing truck traffic.
"Shell is serious about protecting the abundant natural resources that are so important to citizens in Wyoming," said James Duran, Shell’s Pinedale Operations Manager. "This is a team accomplishment. It reflects our efforts to continually improve and implement real solutions that can reduce the environmental impacts from our activities."
According to the ISO, a worldwide federation of national standards bodies, the ISO 14001:2004 certification enables an organization to identify and control the environmental impact of its activities, continually improve its environmental performance and implement a systematic approach to setting environmental objectives and targets. The certification is determined based on a standard audit process that included program review, interviews, reviews of documents and records and physical observation. (www.iso.org)
Shell certifies the environmental component of the Shell Upstream Americas (UA) Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) management system to the ISO14001 environmental management system standard for all of its major deepwater and onshore gas installations in the United States.
Shell’s UA Onshore Gas Health, Safety, Security and Environment – Sustainable Development Vice President Dan Mills stated, "Having the ability to demonstrate to our external stakeholders that Shell is serious about doing the right thing for the environment and our neighbors is important. Achieving this certification demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement by implementing sustainable solutions to reducing our environmental footprint."
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