Destiny Resource Services Corp. recognizes environmental protection as a key component of sound business performance. We are committed to providing quality service that ensures a safe and healthy workplace for employees and minimizes our potential impact on the environment. We will operate in compliance with all relevant federal, state/provincial, and municipal environmental legislation.
- integrate the consideration of environmental concerns and impacts into all our decision making and activities;
- promote environmental awareness among our employees and encourage them to work in an environmentally responsible manner;
- train, educate, and inform all personnel about environmental issues that may affect their work;
- avoid unnecessary use of hazardous materials and products, seek substitutions when feasible, and take all reasonable steps to protect human health and the environment when such materials must be used, stored, and disposed of;
- develop and maintain appropriate emergency and spill response programs where required by legislation or where significant health, safety, or environmental hazards exist;
- strive to continually improve our environmental performance by periodically reviewing our environmental policy in light of our current and planned future activities;
- actively participate in all industry environmental initiatives;
- continue to work toward reducing or eliminating all hazards and adverse effects that our operations may have on the environment;
- ensure material safety data sheets (MSDSs) for all substances used by Destiny will be available on all projects (including all environmental data pertaining to the substance).
- respect all cultural and archeological sites and corridors, and comply with all regulatory requirements regarding them.
All biological habitats and human consumption depend on water quality. Destiny will ensure all underground and surface water supplies (such as rivers, creeks, and wetlands) will be safeguarded.
- Under no circumstances will waste (human, industrial, or other) be introduced to any waterway or wetland.
- Destiny will comply with all water study permit requirements.
- Destiny will comply with job approval packages for "go backs" around waterways or wetlands.
- Destiny will use environmentally friendly drilling fluids.
- Destiny will plug seismic shot holes to legislated standards to help prevent possible groundwater contamination.
- Destiny will report all "flowing holes" as per provincial/state or federal legislation.
The nature of our work requires the cutting of vegetation, for the clearing of seismic lines, camp locations, staging areas, helipads, and drop zones. Destiny will keep cutting to a minimum by:
Destiny personnel who indulge in unnecessary or indiscriminate cutting or wanton destruction of the environment are liable to disciplinary action, including immediate dismissal.
- positioning camps and staging in previously cleared areas;
- positioning helipads on ridgelines, natural openings, elevated topographical features, or previously cleared areas;
- cutting the minimum number of trees necessary to efficiently and safely carry out operations;
- minimizing all vehicular travel over vegetation, wherever possible, and ensuring Destiny vehicles will stay on previously established roads and tracks;
- ensuring that cutting of vegetation and driving within 45 metres of any watercourse is only undertaken if it is absolutely necessary.
Humans and wild or domesticated animals can be disturbed by noise (such as from helicopters, vehicles, compressors, and drills) and by emissions (such as from engine exhausts gases). While the nature of operations necessitates the running of machinery, equipment should wherever possible be positioned where least likely to inconvenience the local population and wildlife.
Trucks should not be left idling except for health and safety concerns.
Waste materials include the following:
Destiny waste removal practices are for all non-biodegradable waste to be returned to base camp for proper disposal, according to local regulations.
Biodegradable waste is to be disposed of in pits constructed in accordance with government procedures.
- petroleum products, solvents, and drilling chemicals;
- general camp waste such as food scraps, garbage, and sewage;
- equipment waste such as used oil, filters, worn-out parts, scrap steel, etc.
Destiny supports the practice of reducing waste by reducing consumption and recycling materials wherever possible.
All individuals will assist in caring for the environment. To this end, all employees will co-operate by not discarding any waste in other than approved containers, sump, or incinerators. All types of markings, ribbons, flags, food wrappers, oil containers, etc. must be brought in from the lines for proper disposal.
It is the duty of workers to advise their site supervisors of the release or spill of any waste or hazardous material. Any spills that are significant must be reported, along with remedies taken and an incident report completed.
Working in remote areas means that employees will encounter wildlife regularly. Destiny wishes to protect all of its employees and the wildlife in whose habitat we work.
- Destiny will comply with all applicable legislation and regulations.
- Destiny will strive to reduce injury to both wildlife and employees by teaching and training employees to minimize the impact to wildlife.
- Destiny employees will participate in requests to assist in wildlife studies or programs at our worksites.
- Destiny will not tolerate harassment of wildlife in any way. This includes "calling," chasing, approaching unnecessarily, feeding, and intentional destruction of habitat.
- Wildlife that has been killed in an encounter with a Destiny vehicle is not to be wholly or partially salvaged. If an ungulate (hoofed animal such as deer, elk, etc.) or bear has been injured or killed, local authorities will be notified. Employees are not allowed to dispatch (put down) an injured animal.
All employees will be trained to at least minimum industry standards and regulatory requirements. Destiny will ensure based on hazard assessments that employees are trained in:
- the protection of wildlife habitat;
- recognition, avoidance, and response to encounters;
- personal protection, including the use of deterrents provided by Destiny when warranted according to a hazard assessment.
Employees will comply with any Destiny or client requests for information regarding wildlife and will communicate to supervisors the locations of:
- bear dens,
- fresh bear scat,
- bee and wasp nests,
- hazardous animals and insects, and
- trapped wildlife.