Decommissioning and Reclamation
We understand that we need to decommission and restore sites once a well has reached its end of life. Site closure begins by reviewing the site’s operational history, identifying and addressing any potential substances, wastes or hazardous materials, and improving and/or reclaiming disturbed land to productive and sustainable uses.
We take a collaborative approach to remediate and reclaim the land disturbed by our operations to make sure our remediation plan aligns with landowner/stakeholder expectations for future use. Where possible in our operating areas, we have developed joint venture and direct Indigenous partnerships in our site closures.
From Reclamation to Recreation
In February 2020, remediation of the former Morley Gas Plant evaporation pond in Alberta was completed and redeveloped as a baseball diamond for the Stoney Nakoda Nation. A long-term, legacy project, the former gas plant site and buildings will be used as a field administration location by the Stoney Tribal Administration and the reclaimed evaporation pond area will be a place for family and friends to gather and play ball, as envisioned by Nation leadership in partnership with our Ovintiv field team. In September 2021, Ovintiv received a formal closure document from the Indian Oil and Gas Canada (IOGC) and the Stoney Nakoda Nation for the site and is expecting a final reclamation certificate to be issued in the spring of 2022.