At Canadian Natural, when we begin a project, we always have a vision and a plan for the landscape after our work is complete. We make a priority of managing and minimizing the environmental impact of our projects on the land, progressively reclaiming our footprint and working with stakeholders to ensure their present and future needs are met.
Our land use planning allows for development through integrated land management, avoidance and mitigation planning. In our North America Exploration and Production operations we manage our environmental footprint by using minimal disturbance drilling techniques, such as multi-well pads, and by re-using former sites to avoid additional vegetation and topsoil removal.
We are minimizing our environmental impacts in our operations through a proactive reclamation program. We clean up affected areas during the life of our projects, and reclaim disturbed areas after our work has been completed.
Our long-term liability reduction plan prioritizes our work so we can take action well ahead of our regulatory timelines. This program has proven to be a very effective way to coordinate our activities. It includes the abandonment and reclamation of inactive wells, the decommissioning of inactive facilities and the remediation of sites at operating facilities.