|Publisher||Society of Petroleum Engineers||Language||English|
|Content Type||Conference Paper|
|Title||The Benefit of Linking EIA to EMS - Methods and Processes|
|Authors||A.D. Sneddon, D. Hopkins, URS Corporation Limited|
SPE International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, 20-22 March 2002, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
|Copyright||Copyright 2002, Society of Petroleum Engineers Inc.|
The key issue addressed in the paper is how concepts, methods and processes map between EIA and EMS to increase efficiency and avoid duplication of expenditure and effort. In many cases companies spend significant sums on EIA and this expenditure is often perceived to be a cost that does not result in any useful input to the process of active management required in post development. The challenge is how to link EIA and EMS processes to add value to the business. A principal theme developed in this paper is for a method of ranking or prioritising impacts and mitigation. This theme logically feeds into the process of active management driven by an EMS, by helping to identify the significant aspects (and impacts) within the scope of the EMS. The paper considers the development of a business method to ensure a seamless transfer of information and approach between two quite different processes, often managed by different client and consultancy teams. The paper considers the nature of the assessment method in a practical sense giving worked examples of how the mapping between EIA and EMS can be achieved.
In recent years, two tools have emerged as the principal means of managing environmental issues within the oil and gas industry. These tools are the Environmental Management System (EMS) and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). While these tools serve different purposes it is the intent in this paper to demonstrate that there is a great deal of overlap between the two. When the overlap or synergy between the two systems is exploited then companies can benefit from an integrated approach. Conversely, when the two tools are used independently of one another, companies can suffer from unnecessary repetition of work and duplication of effort, or worse, can omit to perform certain required actions.
Environmental Impact Assessment
The purpose of the environmental impact assessment is to assess what effect that companies operations may have on the environment. The assessment is often limited to a particular project that might be only one of several activities going on with a business unit. For example if an operating company with several producing assets was to plan a new producing platform, this new platform would, in all probability require an impact assessment to be conducted. In some ways, the impact assessment can be considered as a snapshot in time. It captures what the operations are doing at a specific time although consideration is given to the decision making process as well as to decommissioning. Typically, an EIA will comprise most of the elements as detailed in Figure 1.
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