At MEG, our complete Wildlife Monitoring and Mitigation Plan and dedicated Caribou Monitoring Mitigation Plan help us minimize any impacts on bears, caribou, moose, birds and fish.
We limit new land disturbance and allow for wildlife movement in and around our project area. Wildlife crossings are strategically placed over our above-ground pipelines to help wildlife move as freely as possible without increasing risk from predators. These crossing locations are carefully selected using data collected on wildlife activity in the area. We regularly monitor the crossings through winter tracking and remote cameras. The information gathered helps us learn and improve our operations to minimize any impacts.
We also keep seismic lines narrow and limit straight clearing distances that can expose wildlife populations to predators and recreational hunters. When no longer required, MEG uses habitat restoration techniques to further reduce linear sightlines and restores caribou habitat through treatments such as reforestation to promote the growth of naturally occurring vegetation.
An employee-driven Wildlife Sighting Program has also created a database of critical information on animal movement and diversity across our project area. Employees record bear, deer or caribou sightings to help us keep track of animal behaviours and populations. A new Wildlife App for iPhone and Android devices helps MEG employees and contractors capture geolocated information and provide real-time data on animal movements in the area.
MEG is also taking part in an industry working group coordinated by CAPP to discuss mitigation measures to help caribou populations in the East Side Athabasca Caribou Range where MEG operates. The working group has the goal of identifying an approach to habitat and population management that sustains a working landscape where caribou and careful development co-exist.
MEG uses remote cameras to track wildlife movement.
This photo was taken from a remote camera located near a wildlife crossing on the Christina Lake site.This picture is from a remote camera located near a wildlife crossing on our site.
MEG employees are getting in on the action too!
An employee-driven Wildlife Sighting Program has created a huge database of critical information on animal movement and diversity across our project area. Whenever employees see an animal, they record details about the location, date, time of day and anything of interest about the animal.