Safety, Environmental & Social Responsibility
At Enterprise, safety is our top priority and is at the core of our value system. We promote a culture in which all personnel share the same commitment to health and safety excellence and recognize that this requires personal involvement at all levels of management. At Enterprise, we recognize that safety breeds reliability and we have established a solid record of protecting our people, the environment and the communities in which we operate. All of our personnel are expected to adopt, embrace, promote and follow these basic principles:
- No task is so important that it be performed at the risk of safety.
- Everyone takes personal responsibility for working safely every day.
- Employees have the obligation to stop work they consider unsafe, regardless of who is performing the task.
- Cardinal Rules, safety policies, procedures, and practices are critical to a safe work environment and should be followed at all times.
- All safety-related incidents and near misses are learning opportunities and must be reported.
- Safe operations are an expectation of our neighbors, fellow workers, contractors, unitholders, regulators, and other stakeholders.
Assisting areas of Safety
- We have Health and Safety committees company wide. is an executive committee devoted to stewardship of all Environmental, Health and Safety programs. Members of the Safety Leadership Council include the Chairman of the Board of Directors as well and the President and the Chief Executive Officer. The council meets on a weekly basis to review the status of programs and initiatives as well as data and statistical trends concerning key areas of Environmental, Health and Safety performance.
- Our overall cybersecurity strategy is designed to minimize cyber risk exposure to the company’s corporate network and the control systems of our plants and pipelines. This strategy includes multiple layers of preventative measures, an employee awareness program that includes educating employees about phishing and other cyber risks, an incident response plan to ensure preparedness, and a cross functional Cybersecurity Steering Committee to provide guidance around cyber risk management.
- Our corporate security is responsible for managing risks around our physical assets including liaising with local law enforcement maintaining, monitoring video surveillance, and communicating with management.
- Every morning starts with a email.
We work together and look out for each other’s safety to successfully meet our goals.
In support of that mission, we promote a culture in which all employees are committed to applying these principles to every task, every day and every time.
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.
Public Awareness / Pipeline Safety
- Enterprise distributes brochures which contain pipeline safety messages to 2.5 million stakeholders each year who live and work near our pipelines.
- Meetings with Emergency Responders and Excavators take place annually in counties located in all 27 states where Enterprise pipelines traverse.
Public awareness and pipeline safety are paramount to the safe operation of our pipelines. Enterprise participates in numerous outreach efforts targeted at various stakeholder audiences to increase awareness about the importance of the, “811…Call Before You Dig” message, including our participation in collaborative sponsorships through the Common Ground Alliance. Below are some of the areas where our efforts take place to help us achieve this goal.