Imperial is committed to progressive reclamation of its oil sands operations. The “keeping the end in mind” concept is considered throughout all life stages of our projects. To help achieve our vision for long-term reclamation success we are actively salvaging, segregating and storing soil, and collecting and banking native seeds so that these valuable reclamation materials are readily available in the future.
- Native Seed Collection - A key component of oil sands reclamation is to re-vegetate the land with species characteristic of the area’s boreal forest. Since 2010, we have been a member of the Oil Sands Vegetation Cooperative (OSVC), which funds the harvest and banking of native plant seed and research into seed storage and the propagation of native plant species. To supplement seed collected by the OSVC, we also have our own initiative that has collected and banked seed from over 60 species of plants.
- To the end of 2015, Imperial has undertaken permanent reclamation activities on over 100 hectares of land at our Kearl oil sands mine and 670 hectares of land at our Cold Lake in situ operations.
- Read about managing the land in our 2014 Corporate Citizenship Report
Rehabilitating the environment
As part of our life cycle approach to protecting the environment, we continue to enhance the rehabilitation of our no-longer-needed properties so they can have a beneficial next use.
By taking actions today, we can ensure the land we use is available for environmental benefits and development in the future. Since its creation in 2005, Imperial Environmental Services (IES), our organization that provides guidance and support on remediation and surplus-site stewardship, has managed more than $1.4 billion on remediation work and returned more than 840 properties to beneficial end use.