Since Suncor opened Canada's first oil sands mine in 1967, our oil sands operations have disturbed approximately 21,303 hectares of land. As of the end of 2012, the company had reclaimed* approximately 1,542 hectares, or about 7% of the total land disturbance to date.
Land reclamation takes place once the disturbed land is no longer part of active operations. With the introduction of Suncor's TROTM process, we expect to see land available for oil sands reclamation more quickly. Suncor is targeting a 100% increase in land area reclaimed* by 2015 (as compared to 2007).
* Reclaimed lands have not been certified as such by government regulators. For further details on what we mean by reclaimed, see the Legal Notice.
Improving reclamation techniques and accelerating the rate at which land is reclaimed are two key ways Suncor strives to balance responsible resource development with the need to preserve a healthy environment for future generations.
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