At Enterprise, we believe that environmental stewardship is the responsibility of each employee, starting at the top. This commitment is not only a moral obligation, but also makes good business sense, and helps drive the success of our projects and operations company-wide. In addition to playing an integral role in the long-term growth of our company, protecting the environment is also important to our business partners and the communities in which our personnel (including employees of our affiliates, independent contractors and other service providers) live and work. We want our neighbors to know that protection of the environment is a priority and we continuously evaluate and strive to reduce environmental risks, which can affect our business and the community. We have implemented system-wide programs to mitigate this risk and help ensure compliance with federal, state and local rules and regulations.
Our Environmental Stewardship Principles
- Consideration for environmental impacts and methods of reducing those impacts is critical to our company’s growth and the success of new projects. Minimizing environmental impacts from new projects can give us a competitive advantage in reducing permitting time-frames, which facilitates early delivery of projects to meet customer needs. We recognize that environmental stewardship and business success are not mutually exclusive and can, in fact, open up more business opportunities.
- We continuously monitor environmental data, allowing us to anticipate environmental issues before they occur. Our internal environmental monitoring systems allow us to track operational and emissions data, including carbon dioxide and methane, in order to identify and manage opportunities for continuous improvement. These systems allow consistent and reliable accounting, reporting and management of regulatory practices from all of our important oil and gas operations.
- Participation in the environmental regulatory process is inherent to ensuring we implement responsible changes in regards to government policy. We contribute to, and work collaboratively with several industry trade associations such as: Houston Regional Monitoring, Gas Processors Association, and Texas Pipeline Association. This provides us with an opportunity to network and engage stakeholders at all levels of government, provide leadership and share best practices for continuous improvement in fulfilling our environmental responsibilities.
- Responding purposefully and responsibly to emergency situations is inherent to reducing environmental impacts. Our goal is to have zero accidents and mitigate environmental risk through prevention and working with our governmental counterparts, employees, communities and others to promote responsible environmental practices and procedures.
- We constantly evaluate opportunities to lower emissions and energy consumption at our operating facilities to ensure that our plants operate in the most efficient manner. These efforts benefit our customers and the environment.
These diligent efforts to reduce environmental impact lead to indirect benefits such as providing more flexibility in expanding our operations in a cost-effective manner to meet customer needs.
We actively seek opportunities to restore essential tidal marsh habitat by supplying private and government entities with suitable material dredged from our marine facilities. Enterprise’s involvement has helped restore essential tidal marsh habitat that has been significantly lost to subsidence and other factors over the last several decades. Our most recent example occurred along the banks of the Houston Ship Channel. The San Jacinto monument, a 567-foot limestone obelisk topped with a 220-ton star structure, marks the spot of the decisive battle for Texas independence in 1836. Since 1994, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has been working to restore the San Jacinto battleground to its original appearance. The project is designed to give visitors a more accurate picture of the landscape that existed at the time and a better appreciation of how those conditions impacted the battle. Enterprise supported this initiative by providing more than 475,000 cubic yards of dredging material from our Morgan’s Point ethane export terminal which went into service in 2016. The fill material was used to raise a 100-acre area of the battleground that had subsided over the years. Restoration efforts have allowed the reestablishment of native grasses that were once characteristic of the marsh, which will increase the habitat for birds, small mammals and several marine species. The project will also facilitate the creation of a pedestrian trail. Another benefit of restoring the marsh is protection of the site against storm surges such as those caused by Hurricanes Ike in 2008 and Harvey in 2017. In commenting on the public/private partnership, TPWD State Parks Director Brent Leisure said, “It’s a great example of how industry can continue to operate in the area while helping to restore and maintain the natural and cultural heritage of the San Jacinto Battleground.”
As a result of the strong teamwork between Enterprise, TPWD, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Texas Historical Commission and contractors Atkins and Weeks Marine, Inc., this initiative earned the Environmental Excellence in Navigational Dredging Award in 2017.
"I am very proud of the performance of our employees involved in this project, especially their commitment to environmental stewardship and completing the job safely," said Jim Teague, chief executive officer of Enterprise’s general partner. "This initiative is consistent with Enterprise’s philosophy of pursing creative solutions that meet the goals of the company and its partners."
Some of the more substantial challenges associated with the project were:
- Accelerated schedule – only 20 months from design to completion
- Dredge material – comprised mainly of medium-to-stiff plastic clays intermixed with fine sand and silt
- Transport distance – dredge material transported 9.7 miles from Morgan’s Point terminal to 150-acre marsh site
- Utilities – active infrastructure network bisected work locations
- Cultural resources – significant concentrations of artifacts
- Active construction site – ongoing development of Morgan’s Point dock required continuous coordination between dredging and construction equipment
- Freshwater inputs – three upland freshwater sources drain through the site, requiring careful management of water flow
- Weather – record flooding posed dewatering challenges.
Examples of Environmental Stewardship Throughout the Construction Process
Enterprise has constructed ~5,400 miles of pipeline across 8 states since 2011 to connect increasing hydrocarbon production to growing demand markets. Each project is an opportunity for Enterprise to emphasize our commitment to protect and restore the environment in a way best suited for the community, without limitation to regulatory standards.
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Enterprise Maintains the Same Commitment Operating Our Assets:
- Capturing and liquefying vapors rather than flaring;
- Installing lower-emitting equipment when upgrading assets;
- Investing in technologically advanced control equipment; and
- Eliminating or minimizing waste streams.
Enterprise relies on a diverse mix of energy sources, including solar and wind power. Currently, we have over 10,500 metering stations across the country operating 100% on solar power and generate approximately 4,000 kilowatts of power generation per day.
These solar operated stations run natural gas chromatographs, measurement, controls, and communications equipment.
- Power generation at the point of power consumption eliminates the inefficiencies of conventional electrical transmission and distribution systems.
- Property owners benefit by minimizing the electrical infrastructure footprint needed for the producing facilities.
- Saves resources by eliminating the need for chemically treated electric poles and high capacity wiring.
In certain areas of operations, where wind is a conducive power source, Enterprise utilizes wind turbines to generate power for cathodic protection and corrosion prevention across our liquid and gas pipelines.
Enterprise Products has had a recycling program in place at its corporate and satellite offices for many years. In addition to recycling, Enterprise encourages electronic file sharing to avoid any unnecessary paper waste.
In 2017, 142,590 pounds of material was collected which is equal to 71.30 tons processed.
1,212 Trees Saved
498,925 Gallons of Water Saved
292,228 Kw of Energy Saved
287 Pounds of Pollutants Kept Out of the Atmosphere
357.3 Cubic Yards of Landfill Saved
We also have an aluminum recycling program through property management at our corporate office and many of our satellite offices.