Environmental Overview and Our Commitment
At Targa, we are committed to protecting our employees, our contractors, and the people living in the communities in which we work and operate from risks associated with our operations. Wherever we operate, we strive to conduct our business with attention to the environment and to manage risks to enable sustainable business growth. We endeavor to reduce and eliminate injuries, occupational illnesses, and incidents of environmental harm arising from our activities. We take our commitment to fulfill the requirements of all federal, state, and local agencies very seriously. We seek to be leaders in our industry by working directly with government agencies, industry groups, and engineering firms. As a member of the community, we aim to be a good corporate citizen. We value our relations with our neighbors and the government agencies who regulate our operations.
To support our efforts in this area, we have implemented an environmental, safety and health (ES&H) framework of policies, practices, systems, and controls that includes automated permit compliance tracking, systems development, compliance audits, and training. In addition, we work with federal, state, and local agencies during lawmaking and rulemaking, technology review, and benchmarking.
Environmental, Safety, and Health Statement
Targa’s approach to ES&H is articulated in our Environmental, Safety and Health Statement. We review our key ES&H metrics and performance quarterly with our Board of Directors. We strive to operate safely, reliably and in a way that avoids, minimizes, and mitigates our environmental impacts.
At Targa, we routinely engage with regulatory agencies, either alone or through our industry associations, on both policy development and education. We work hard to keep an open and transparent relationship with our federal, state, and local agencies. For example, Targa is a member company of the EPA Natural Gas STAR Program, which is a voluntary partnership between the EPA and oil and natural gas companies to adopt cost effective technologies and practices to reduce methane emissions.
Recently, Targa was honored by the North Dakota Petroleum Council with the Excellence in Environmental Stewardship Award for its work to advance microbiological treatment of soils contaminated by crude oil and hydrocarbon condensate. Our pilot program is making great strides in proving bioremediation as a viable alternative to traditional landfill disposal of oil and gas wastes and a beneficial reuse of a natural resource.