Land & Wildlife
Athabasca is dedicated to the responsible development of our assets, by managing our operations over the lifecycle of our activities.
We plan our construction activities to be outside of the Restricted Activity Periods for key wildlife species (woodland caribou, migratory birds, fish) and we complete wildlife sweeps at new sites to ensure our operations will not negatively impact important wildlife features and habitats. We conduct groundwater, soil, wetland and wildlife monitoring programs.
We employ industry best practices that include the use of:
- Multi-well pads to reduce the area disturbed per well
- Low impact construction techniques and seismic programs
- Watercourse crossing assessments for roads and pipelines
We collaborate with our industry partners to better understand the impacts of our activities and effectively develop solutions:
- Athabasca is a member of the Regional Industry Caribou Collaboration (RICC). RICC is a group of energy and forestry companies working collaboratively with a focus on the Cold Lake and the East Side Athabasca River caribou ranges. RICC members have implemented restoration treatments on over 1,200 km of legacy seismic lines and planted over 1 million trees. RICC supports a variety of caribou ecology and predator related research to develop science-based solutions to inform caribou conservation policies.
- Athabasca is a member of the Industrial Footprint Reduction Options Group (iFROG). iFROG is a collaboration of 10 oil sands companies jointly conducting wetland reclamation and construction research projects.
Other corporate reclamation effort highlights include:
- Received reclamation certificates for outstanding Leismer and Corner Oil Sands Evaluation wells, representing over 585 well sites
- Planted ~31,000 trees in 2018
- Athabasca 16.0 LMR significantly better than Alberta industry average LMR of 4.9 (September 2019)
- Decommissioning and restoration of oil and gas sites is regulated in Alberta by the Alberta Energy Regulator
- Permit holders are required to properly deactivate and abandon wells, facilities and pipelines, and restore disturbances. The Liability Management Rating program ("LMR") ensures permit holders bear the financial risk of the lifecycle of their operations. Permit holders whose deemed liabilities exceed deemed assets (a LMR below 1.0) are required to post security.