At Seven Generations, we pride ourselves on our reputation as an honest, ethical, high-performance company, employer, partner and member of the communities in which we operate. Seven Generations’ culture and actions are driven by our Guiding Principle.
Seven Generations is committed to honesty and integrity in all of its business operations. Our people must not engage in any form of corruption. Individuals shall carry out their duties in accordance with the principles set out in our Business Conduct and Ethics Policy and, specifically, will comply with all applicable anti-bribery and fair practices legislation that prohibit receiving, promising or authorizing the provision of anything in order to obtain special favours, treatment or agreements. Corruptive activity can be either direct or indirect, and is strictly prohibited. Accordingly, 7G personnel will not engage in any acts that are improper or could appear to be improper, such as:
7G has been actively involved in various public policy initiatives on topics including: energy policy, regulatory requirements, environmental initiatives, transportation, Indigenous relations and competitiveness.
Specific examples are provided below to show how we have advocated for program or policy decisions.
7G participated in the government-led reviews and consultation related to the development of policy that is supportive of exports, as well as domestic value-added processing, including petrochemicals, liquefied natural gas, natural gas liquids export and natural gas for electricity generation.
7G continues to advocate for program or policy decisions made by the government that enhance the competitiveness of Alberta as a place to invest and provide support and benefits to upstream natural gas and natural gas liquids producers. This includes an ongoing dialogue with regards to the status of the Petrochemicals Diversification Program – Round 1 & 2, Petrochemical Feedstock Infrastructure Program and incremental ethane extraction program. Learn more about the PFIP.
7G remains active in encouraging the development of export markets for hydrocarbons, in particular for natural gas through the promotion of liquefied natural gas (LNG) export markets and the development of public policy that is supportive of producers participating in new markets.
7G participated and presented to the Natural Gas Advisory Panel (established by the Government of Alberta), and Alberta Energy on the challenges and opportunities facing Alberta's natural gas industry, including topics such as market access, liquefied natural gas, electricity generation, petrochemicals, taxes, regulatory burden and credit requirements. 7G will continue to participate in government-led process to help ensure for the competitiveness of the natural gas industry and ensure our energy products can compete in local and international markets.
7G continues to provide feedback and advice concerning the development of environmental legislation including the proposed guidelines and rules related to the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) policy. 7G has an interest in how the new climate policy will be considered in the context of the federal carbon pricing backstop. For more information on the federal carbon pricing backstop, click here.
7G advocates for the implementation of cost-effective, efficient regulation that ensures meaningful emissions reductions can be achieved while encouraging technological innovation and best-in-class adoption throughout the oil and gas sector.
7G continues to provide feedback and advice to a stakeholder panel. This includes providing responses to information requests regarding the development of provincial strategies to support the Federal Species at Risk Act and the Federal Boreal Caribou Recovery Strategy including the development of caribou range plans in areas where 7G operates and holds lands for future development.
7G engages and collaborates with the provincial government on mechanisms and potential opportunities to promote Indigenous partnerships.
7G monitors progress and participates in government-led discussions regarding First Nation consultation initiatives. 7G advocates for a seamless process between the Alberta Energy Regulator and the Aboriginal Consultation Office to reduce the regulatory burden on all parties and enable the responsible development of energy infrastructure and resources that meets the needs of all participants.
7G has been active in advocating for the twinning of Highway 40 and the upgrading of bridges in order to improve safety and the development of the natural resources in the Grande Prairie and Grande Cache areas.
Highway 40 is a critical Alberta highway that connects industry to this resource-rich region. These upgrades will improve highway safety and support greater efficiency of Alberta’s workforce through reduced traffic congestion.
7G has provided recommendations on opportunities within the regulatory framework that can provide meaningful cost savings through the reduction of administrative requirements to update directives, guidelines and policies without creating negative impacts to government, the environment or other stakeholders.
Alberta Energy Regulator
7G regularly engages on public policy initiatives that support the competitiveness of the energy sector to help strengthen the environmental and social performance as well as economic viability of the industry. This includes engagement and consultation with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) on various topics including:
In an effort to reduce costs and time spent on reporting, 7G is advocating for the elimination of the requirement to report horizontal directional drilling releases for pipeline construction that are in the associated right of way, not in water, and less than two cubic metres of release.
7G is working with the AER on changes that would allow the AER to review and authorize all borrow pit sizes as they relate to energy development, currently regulated under the Water Act, in order to reduce uncertainty, improve plan cohesion and reduce application approval timeline.
7G is providing advice and recommendations to move to risk-based abandonments instead of the current prescriptive zone isolation rules. 7G believes that this will lead to reduced abandonment costs without increasing subsurface risks and result in better abandonments on more wells. For more information on Directive 020, click here.
7G is providing advice and recommendations to replace prescriptive fluid definitions with risk-based chemical characterization of fluids. 7G believes that accurately classifying fluids will lead to increased clarity and reduced disposal costs without increasing wellbore risks. For more information on Directive 051, click here.
7G is providing feedback and recommendations on the area-based closure program to the AER concerning operational advice with the hopes of reducing the cost of closure operations. For more information on Directive 001, click here.
7G is advocating for the simplification or elimination of Directive 040. 7G believes that it is an inconsistent and outdated method of testing unconventional reservoirs. For more information on Directive 040, click here.
7G is providing feedback and advice concerning widening the fluid density permitted for condensate classification. As an unconventional, liquids-rich gas producer in Alberta, 7G believes that the increase in accuracy of the classification of produced condensate more accurately reflects unconventional liquids-rich gas reservoirs and would be more consistent with the development of unconventional resources. For more information, click here.
7G is providing feedback and advice on the development of potential changes to the Oil and Gas Conservation Regulation (OGCR) as solicited by the Alberta Energy Regulator. 7G believes that the focus of any modernization of the OGCR should be to improve guidelines and directives such as Directives 020, 051, 001, and 040 to help ensure that the OGCR is meeting the government’s development objectives.