Boardwalk primarily provides transportation and storage of natural gas and natural gas liquids. The company operates approximately 14,230 miles of pipelines and several underground storage caverns, with an aggregate working gas capacity of approximately 205 billion cubic feet and a liquids capacity of approximately 31.8 million barrels. Safety and responsible environmental stewardship are among Boardwalk’s core values, guiding daily tasks and projects at every level of the organization. The company is committed to operating its assets in a safe, reliable and compliant manner and providing the highest level of customer service.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Key elements of Boardwalk’s safety program include:
Boardwalk’s Learning Center is a web-based training system providing employees access to on-demand training on a variety of topics. Since its launch in 2012, the Learning Center has recorded more than 95,000 online module completions and more than 10,000 instructor-led completions. Partnering with the HR Leadership Council, Boardwalk offers the Manager Success Workshop Series, a series of live, action-oriented virtual workshops throughout the year designed to provide supervisors and managers with the tools and knowledge to effectively manage employees.
Boardwalk is committed to maintaining high standards for honest and ethical conduct in all of its business dealings and expects employees and third parties to comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations.
MANAGING THIRD-PARTY AND OUTSOURCED RELATIONSHIPS
Expectations for all third parties are established and monitored by:
Boardwalk is committed to responsible environmental stewardship while working to meet the United States’s diverse energy needs.
Boardwalk is cognizant of the need to minimize the biodiversity impacts of its operations. The company’s development programs are also governed by a variety of federal and state laws that seek to minimize biodiversity impacts.
During project development, Boardwalk:
During construction, Boardwalk utilizes nonconventional and less disruptive construction methods, such as bores and directional drills, to avoid direct impacts to rare or sensitive resources or land uses. Boardwalk has implemented the following practices to preserve and restore the natural environment:
GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS & ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Boardwalk focuses on managing its GHG emissions responsibly. In addition to complying with numerous state and federal requirements that regulate its operations, Boardwalk:
Where possible, Boardwalk installs dry-seal, low nitrogen oxide (NOx), high-efficiency turbines for new and replacement projects. The company also maintains these turbines through long-term maintenance arrangements with the manufacturer to minimize fuel usage and reduce emissions. Boardwalk has begun to install turbine units that have lower NOx emissions than state and federal permits require. Prior to scheduled maintenance activities, Boardwalk attempts to find opportunities to reduce pipeline pressure other than by releasing natural gas, thereby lowering methane emissions.
Boardwalk strives to lower lost and unaccountedfor natural gas. The company has programs in place to monitor these levels and investigate any major changes.
WATER & WASTE MANAGEMENT
Boardwalk deploys several waste- and watermanagement programs to minimize the generation of hazardous waste at its operating facilities. In accordance with its Environmental Procedures manual, Boardwalk has designated employees who are experts in waste and water management.
Boardwalk complies with all federal, state and local water-discharge regulations and secures permits for its projects in compliance with the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Program. In addition, Boardwalk goes above and beyond regulatory requirements by implementing technologies to help reduce waste water at certain facilities.
Boardwalk complies with all state and federal hazardous waste regulations, such as the Resource Conservation Recovery Act. Additionally, Boardwalk has implemented third-party hydrocarbon reclamation practices as a means of minimizing the generation of hazardous waste at its facilities. These hydrocarbon recovery practices are applied to the natural gas condensate from its natural gas pipelines, used lubricating oils and lube oil/water mixtures. Boardwalk also takes advantage of opportunities to either reuse or resell equipment that is removed or has reached the end of its useful life.
Boardwalk’s philanthropic efforts are designed to generate both community goodwill and internal cultural alignment. The company’s program is called Partnering with Communities, and it integrates employee volunteerism with corporate financial support.
Partnering with Communities focuses on impactful, signature philanthropic initiatives in education, health and fitness, community enrichment, and employee giving and volunteerism. The program is comprised of a combination of company-wide events managed at the corporate level, and locally focused charitable outreach guided by the company’s regional offices.
Boardwalk matches employee donations to charities of their choosing, consistent with Boardwalk’s matching guidelines. Organizations that have received financial support from Boardwalk and its employees include: Habitat for Humanity, Houston Food Bank, Houston Rodeo, Junior Achievement, the Houston Area Women’s Center, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and United Way.
Boardwalk also has a scholarship program for qualifying students who attend any high school located on its pipeline right-of-way, as well as an education grant program to advance educational opportunities for local elementary and middle school students. The grant program is open to any elementary and middle schools located on property where Boardwalk operates its pipeline systems. Eligible schools can apply for an annual grant for equipment, special programs or for other education-driven endeavors.