Managing Spills & Releases

Denbury’s environmental responsibility strategy starts with preventing spills and releases and having measures in place to respond to incidents or other emergencies if they do occur. Our environmental policies and measurement of our HSE performance form the foundation of our management of spills and releases. We also focus on spill prevention in all aspects of our operations, and we have put emergency preparedness and emergency response programs in place in order to respond to any incidents that may occur.


Denbury seeks to continuously improve our HSE performance by focusing on training and preparedness with established measurement systems to monitor our results. Denbury has a long-standing commitment to setting and achieving high standards for protecting the environment. To accomplish our goals, we focus on the safety of our employees, implement high standards of environmental stewardship and ethical conduct, and work proactively to be a good corporate citizen by aligning our interests with those of our neighbors.

We are committed to eliminating all environmental incidents in our operations. Our commitment begins with our leadership and extends to our employees and contractors. Everyone is empowered and expected to work safely and protect the environment by recognizing and proactively addressing potential hazards and stopping any job they believe to be unsafe or which poses an environmental threat. The success of our HSE programs hinges on a commitment from our senior management and awareness, training and actions of our employees.

We track performance indicators designed to measure progress towards our environmental goals including spill prevention and regulatory compliance. These metrics are monitored and reported to the Board and all employees to reinforce their importance. The compensation of all Denbury employees is partially tied to the achievement of these goals to further reinforce the importance of safety in everything we do.

It is Denbury’s policy to:
  • Comply with all pertinent environmental laws, rules and regulations, not just because we are legally required to do so, but also because we believe it is the responsible way to conduct our business;
  • Set systemic HSE leading and lagging key performance indicators annually to measure our performance and adapt our approach to achieve superior results;
  • Monitor, revise and reemploy safety systems and environmental assessments on a regular basis;
  • Empower and expect all personnel to immediately Stop Work without fear of reprisal, when an unsafe condition or act is observed which could affect the safety of personnel and/or the environment;
  • Provide relevant safety and health information to contractors and require them to provide proper training for the safe, environmentally sound performance of their work; and
  • Communicate our commitment to this policy to our subsidiaries, affiliates and contractors and seek their participation and support.

All employees are required to comply with all health, safety and environmental rules and regulations. Each employee understands that they are individually responsible for their own safety and the safety of those around them.

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Denbury’s HSE policy emphasizes spill prevention and minimization with a focus on sound design and engineering standards to prevent spills from occurring.

Our operations are somewhat unique because the fields we operate often contain wellbores drilled, and subsequently plugged and abandoned, decades ago by prior operators. The CO2 EOR process involves injecting CO2 back into mature reservoirs to mobilize stranded oil. Therefore, it is important for the previously plugged and abandoned wells to maintain well integrity. To help ensure that all wellbores in a field are appropriately secured, we have developed an internal review process in order to evaluate wells. Wells that need additional work are designated for repair to help ensure their integrity. Denbury has experienced engineering teams that focus on this review program.

In an effort to learn from every opportunity, we encourage and support incident reporting at all levels. By studying the root cause of actual events, near misses and close calls, we can work towards removing and/or mitigating the circumstances that might have led to the unwanted event. Any identified corrective actions are implemented to prevent similar occurrences.

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Denbury has instituted a thermography program in response to newly published Leak Detection and Reporting (“LDAR”) regulations and to aid in emissions monitoring across our operations. While the program’s main focus is to support compliance with LDAR standards, Denbury has also exploited these new capabilities to utilize Optical Gas Imagery (“OGI”) (infrared cameras that visualize leaks that are invisible to the human eye) to help with maintenance and reliability of our equipment. The use of OGI in normal operations allows operators to visualize and repair methane and Volatile Organic Compound leaks more completely company-wide which is a benefit to federal and state air quality standards. In addition, greater prevention of leaks and facility upsets minimizes the loss of fluids with monetary value further conserving natural resources.

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Denbury core values include operating in compliance and doing what is right. To achieve these goals, internal corporate inspection programs allow Denbury to carry out our values. Compliance with emissions, air quality and greenhouse gas standards is attained in part with the implementation of emission compliance inspections programs. These field inspection and corrective action implementation programs are supported by internal environmental scientists and engineers, specialized commercial software, company-wide training and Denbury leadership’s commitment to providing the corporate resources necessary to make these programs functional. Denbury has conceptualized, developed and implemented an emission compliance program in our northern region of operations, and we have initiated the implementation of this practice across our operations.

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The Denbury Control Center is where we remotely monitor functionality of our CO2 pipeline networks 24/7.

At Denbury, we focus on prevention of incidents through our project designs, planning, implementation and execution. However, we also remain prepared to respond quickly and effectively to an incident.

Denbury has a company-wide Emergency Response Plan that covers various types of emergencies, including spill response, well-control events, natural disasters, fire and pandemics. Emergency Response Plans, Facility Response Plans, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plans are employed at our field locations, where applicable. Emergency response procedures are routinely communicated through orientations, drills, exercises and routine training meetings.

Denbury also has staff trained and experienced in emergency response procedures. We manage all incidents using the National Incident Management System (“NIMS”) and the Incident Command System (“ICS”). Each year, key employees are trained in ICS to be prepared to respond to any incident. Our first priorities in any incident are the safety of our personnel and the public and the protection of the environment.

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