Canadian Natural has been working with PTAC and COSIA to progress several initiatives around outcome-based reclamation closure for clay-padded sites. The overarching goal is to ensure that these sites can be reclaimed with upland vegetation and integrate into a functioning landscape while meeting the intent of regulatory closure.
We initiated reclamation of a former production pad in Primrose/Wolf Lake (PAW). The site was a clay-padded location between two peatland areas, and the reclamation work involved re-establishing flow and wetland continuity and wildlife use. Monitoring and aerial imagery show that wetland-forming vegetation is re-establishing at the site. We are applying the learnings from the PAW trial for the reclamation of two larger clay-padded locations in our Pike thermal operations field that are situated in a wetland environment.