Wildlife

At MEG, we have implemented a Wildlife Monitoring and Mitigation Plan and a dedicated Caribou Monitoring Mitigation Plan to help 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 and below our above-ground pipelines to help wildlife move as freely as possible without increasing risk from predators.

The frequency, placement and design of these crossing meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and we now have 61 crossings at our Christina Lake facility.

In 2018, there were 160 animals photographed using the crossing structures.

When no longer required, MEG uses habitat restoration techniques to reduce sightlines and restore caribou habitat through treatments such as reforestation to promote the growth of naturally occurring vegetation. We also keep seismic lines narrow and limit straight clearing distances that can expose wildlife populations to predators and recreational hunters.

Since 2016, we have taken voluntary measures to restore and reclaim areas adjacent to our operations in the Dillon River Wildland Park. Restoration in this area will assist in caribou recovery efforts being undertaken by the Province of Alberta.

To date, MEG has completed over 5,000 hectares of restoration in high quality caribou habitat.

This photo was taken from a remote camera located
near a wildlife crossing on the Christina Lake site.

An employee-driven Wildlife Sighting Program has supplemented our database of information on animal movement and diversity across our project area. Employees record bear, deer, caribou
or moose sightings to help us keep track of animal behaviours and populations.

MEG is also taking part in an industry working group coordinated by Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) to discuss mitigation measures to help caribou populations in the East Side Athabasca Caribou Range where MEG operates.  The working group’s objective is to identify an approach to habitat and population management that sustains a working landscape where caribou and careful development co-exist.