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.
Utilizing Ecological Practices
A critical part of oil and gas development is remediating and reclaiming the temporary disturbances such as pipeline right-of-ways, pad sites and other ancillary sites that occur in the normal course of drilling, completing and producing wells. On provincial land in BC, we are shifting away from agriculture-based restoration to ecological-based restoration in ecologically sensitive areas. This means maintaining course woody debris, active reforestation and limited seeding of crop species in order to encourage the return of native species and forest-like conditions. These practices better align the restoration with Indigenous community needs and interests as well as stakeholder and community expectations of wildlife and habitat restoration and the protection of sensitive areas.
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.