Land

Corporate Responsibility

Land

Land use planning is an integral part of our operations. Canadian Natural develops every project with a vision and plan to ensure the land that is used in our operations is returned to a healthy ecosystem once our activities are complete. We manage and minimize the environmental impact of our projects on the land, progressively reclaim our footprint and work with stakeholders to ensure their present and future needs are met.

Each year, Canadian Natural invests in the future by managing our land use and impact. Our land management practices minimize impact and disturbance to land, reduce our operational footprint, and progressively reclaim land throughout our operations. To achieve this, Canadian Natural manages an industry leading environmental closure program that coordinates remediation, abandonment and decommissioning activities so that all our unused sites (facilities and wells) move through our process to final reclamation more efficiently. Through our environmental closure program we strategically prioritize and coordinate efforts by grouping wells and pipelines in order to enhance our ability to reclaim large contiguous areas. This approach has proven to be an effective way of managing our work.

Read our 2015 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders for 2015 and previous results of our abandonment and reclamation programs.

Managing our Footprint

Canadian Natural works to minimize its footprint through effective planning, design and use of technology. In our NA E&P operations we are managing our footprint by implementing minimal disturbance drilling techniques. Our practices include reducing the overall number of drill sites required by designing highly efficient sites with multiple wells on a single pad, designing each well pad area to be as small as possible, and by re-using former sites to avoid additional vegetation and topsoil removal. Rather than waiting until all our production and operational activities are complete, disturbed land not being used is progressively reclaimed. Read about how we are Canadian Natural works to minimize its footprint through effective planning, design and use of technology. In our NA E&P operations we are managing our footprint by implementing minimal disturbance drilling techniques. Our practices include reducing the overall number of drill sites required by designing highly efficient sites with multiple wells on a single pad, designing each well pad area to be as small as possible, and by re-using former sites to avoid additional vegetation and topsoil removal. Rather than waiting until all our production and operational activities are complete, disturbed land not being used is progressively reclaimed. Read about how we are driving operational efficiencies to protect the environment at our thermal operations.

We also manage our environmental footprint at our Horizon Oil Sands operations through tailings management technologies that will accelerate the pace of reclamation and by developing the first oil sands compensation lake, Horizon Lake which supports twice the fisheries habitat that will be lost during the life of our mining operation.