We follow a rigorous site assessment program to help ensure protection for land and water resources, wildlife and habitats during our operational lifecycle. Developed by biology and environmental experts, our process aligns development plans with a thoughtful approach to ecosystem protection.
During site planning and development, we identify wildlife, habitats and areas with high biodiversity or conservation value.
We host assessment sessions with internal experts to evaluate our development plans, determine risk levels and, when needed, recommend mitigation strategies.
Avoidance or mitigation activities are developed and tailored to the environmental factors on each specific site. Our goal is to avoid impacts, particularly to wildlife, habitats and habitat features such as wetlands and old growth forests.
When avoidance is not possible, we minimize our disturbance through site-specific planning. This includes decreasing our activities during certain times of the year or planning activity at a further distance from water sources.
Assessing Biodiversity in our Operations
After an internal biodiversity assessment of our operating areas, we have concluded that we do not have proved or probable reserves in or near the following sites with protected conservation status or endangered species habitat:
- Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Biosphere reserves recognized within the framework of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program
- Natura 2000