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Water management is an essential aspect of oil and natural gas production. We need water to operate our diverse projects and we obtain it from different sources.

Our water management strategies focus on reducing fresh water use, increasing water recycling and water storage and, where possible, using brackish (saline) water. We also monitor groundwater at different facilities and well sites to understand any impacts on shallow groundwater resulting from our operations.

Canadian Natural continues to work with regulators, various government committees and multi-stakeholder initiatives to ensure that we have the right programs in place to optimize water use and minimize our impact on water resources.

We have adopted the Hydraulic Fracturing Guiding Principles and Operating Practices developed with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). Best practices adopted include the public disclosure of water use and chemical additives in shale gas hydraulic fracturing fluids. These practices are designed to improve water management, as well as water and fluids reporting for shale and tight gas development across Canada. These initiatives demonstrate industry’s dedication to responsible resource development and protection of Canada’s water resources in all our operating areas.

Mining-based oil sands producers obtain most of their water supply from the Athabasca River. The industry uses less than 5 per cent of the water allocated by the Alberta government for all sectors throughout the province. The oil sands operations currently use approximately 3 per cent of the annual flow of the Athabasca RiverWater is an essential component of oil and gas production. We need water to operate our diverse projects and we obtain it from different sources. Water is an important resource and we strive to make use of it in an efficient way to reduce environmental impacts.