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Environment, Health and Safety

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RC is committed to being a leader in safety management, care and protection of the environment and strives to operate in a socially responsible manner with respect for our employees and the communities that we work and live in. ARC endeavors to protect the health and safety of its employees, contractors and the public. We develop and implement training programs to enhance health and safety awareness for both employees and contractors. All of our employees clearly understand our goal to have the highest standard in our health and safety practices. We will not compromise our safety standards to achieve other corporate goals. ARC places a high value on community development and encourages its employees to contribute to the communities in which they live and work. Our goal is to build relationships with industry partners, government and our communities based on mutual trust, transparency and respect.

most recent Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (“CAPP”) industry benchmarking. ARC strives to achieve its goal of safety for all contractors and employees; therefore, it is with profound regret that we report that a company providing certain technical services to ARC had a fatality on an ARC lease site in Drayton Valley in November 2001. As a result of this incident, ARC is involved in ongoing proceedings that will continue into 2003.

ARC maintains its standards through an internal auditing system. We do self-audits and also perform annual audits on a chosen group of vendors from each business unit. It is important to us that our vendors and contractors have proper WE WILL NOT safety records and programs in place. In 2003, ARC plans to hire the services COMPROMISE OUR of an external expert to perform SAFETY STANDARDS detailed evaluations of our safety program to look for improvements to TO ACHIEVE OTHER our systems and procedures. Also for 2003, ARC is planning awareness CORPORATE GOALS. programs ensuring technical safety is a primary focus.

Safety In 2002 ARC adopted SAFETY 2000 as its standard for safety training for all our field staff. This course enables our field employees to obtain 16 different certifications over a five-day training period. This exceeds industry recommendations. We conduct emergency response exercises to ensure a high level of response capability from our staff under challenging situations. ARC maintained its safety record of zero lost time accidents for employees or contract operators directly employed by ARC for the seventh year in a row. ARC also expects a high standard of safety performance from third party contractors, which includes a requirement that these contractors have their own approved safety program. ARC’s performance on third party contractor incidents has been 50 per cent better than the

Air Quality ARC recognizes the importance of air quality and consistently looks for improvement in this area. We seek innovative methods to reduce our power consumption, eliminate flaring and venting, and to lessen the impact of our operations on the environment. We participate in the CAPP Stewardship Program. CAPP defines stewardship as “analysis, planning, implementation, measurement and review of social, environmental and economic performance.” CAPP has recognized ARC at the Gold Stewardship level in this area. In 2003, it is our goal to apply for membership in “Partnerships in Health and Safety” and become a CAPP Stewardship Platinum member.

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