Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian government developed a program to encourage wellsite reclamation activities beyond compliance obligations, prioritizing sites that were nominated by landowners and Indigenous communities.
Ovintiv responded by assembling a multi-disciplinary team to support our contractors, Indigenous community partners and landowners in identifying and accelerating upwards of $4 million in site reclamation and closure activities in our operating areas. We facilitated Indigenous-affiliated procurement on these projects through joint venture and other contracting partnerships to safely execute this program and heal the land, by way of well abandonment, equipment decommissioning, environmental site assessments, remediation, and reclamation. Without these partnerships, this work would not have been executed for many years.
These mutually beneficial relationships have not only accelerated reclamation efforts, but have enabled Indigenous reconciliation, self-determination, and capacity building in a growing part of our sector.