The Company has a formal emergency response plan which details the procedures employees and contractors will follow in the event of an operational emergency. The emergency response plan is designed to respond to emergencies in an organized and timely manner so that the safety of employees, contractors, residents in the vicinity of field operations, the general public and the environment are protected. A corporate safety program covers hazard identification and control on the jobsite, establishes Company policies, rules and work procedures and outlines training requirements for employees and contract personnel.
The Company currently deals with a small number of buyers and sales contracts, and endeavors to ensure that those buyers are an appropriate credit risk. The Company continuously evaluates the merits of entering into fixed price or financial hedge contracts for price management.
The oil and natural gas business is subject to regulation and intervention by governments in such matters as the awarding of exploration and production interests, the imposition of specific drilling obligations, environmental protection controls, control over the development and abandonment of fields (including restrictions on production) and possibly expropriation or cancellation of contract rights. As well, governments may regulate or intervene with respect to prices, taxes, royalties and the exportation of oil and natural gas. Such regulation may be changed from time to time in response to economic or political conditions. The implementation of new regulations or the modification of existing regulations affecting the oil and natural gas industry could reduce demand for oil and natural gas, increase the Company's costs or affect its future opportunities.
The oil and natural gas industry is currently subject to environmental regulations pursuant to a variety of provincial and federal legislation. Such legislation provides for restrictions and prohibitions on the release or emission of various substances produced in association with certain oil and gas industry operations. Such legislation may also impose restrictions and prohibitions on water use or processing in connection with certain oil and gas operations. In addition, such legislation requires that well and facility sites be abandoned and reclaimed to the satisfaction of provincial authorities. Compliance with such legislation can require significant expenditures and a breach of such requirements may result in, amongst other things, suspension or revocation of necessary licenses and authorizations, civil liability for pollution damage, and the imposition of material fines and penalties.
Internationally, Canada is a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and previously ratified the Kyoto Protocol established thereunder, which set legally binding targets to reduce nation-wide emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and other green-house gases ("GHGs"). The first commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol is the five year period from 2008-2012. In December 2011, the Canadian federal government announced that it would not agree to a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol after 2012. The federal government instead endorsed the Durban Platform, a broad agreement reached among the 194 countries that are party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, during a conference held in Durban, South Africa in December 2011. The Durban Platform sets forth a process for negotiating a new climate change treaty that would create binding commitments for all major GHG emitters. The Canadian government expressed cautious optimism that agreement on a new treaty can be reached by 2015. The Durban Platform followed the Copenhagen Accord reached in December 2009 as government representatives met in Copenhagen, Denmark to negotiate a successor to the Kyoto Protocol. The Copenhagen Accord represents a broad political consensus and reinforces commitments to reducing GHG emissions but is not a binding international treaty. Although Canada had committed under the Copenhagen Accord to reduce its GHG emissions by 17% from 2005 levels by 2020, the target is not legally binding. As the details of the implementation of any federal legislation for GHGs that is applicable to the oil and gas industry have not been announced, the effect on Anderson's operations cannot be determined at this time.
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