Wherever our developments disturb land, we pursue progressive reclamation efforts, including reclaiming tailings ponds.
Since we opened Canada’s first oil sands mine in 1967, our oil sands operations have disturbed approximately 21,690 hectares of land. As of the end of 2013, the company had reclaimed* approximately 1,708 hectares, or about 8% 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 our TRO™ process, we expect to see land available for oil sands reclamation at a more rapid pace. We are targeting a 100% increase in land area reclaimed* by 2015 (as compared to 2007).
Improving reclamation techniques and accelerating the rate at which land is reclaimed are two key ways we strive to balance responsible resource development with the need to preserve a healthy environment for future generations.
Here are some details on our reclamation procedures and performance in 2013:
* Reclaimed lands have not been certified as such by government regulators. For further details on what we mean by reclaimed, see the legal notice.
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