Wildlife Protection
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Remote cameras have been set up in forest locations to study regional impact and disturbance on wildlife. Photo: Univeristy of Alberta

Wildlife Protection

Syncrude operates within a large tract of wilderness in northern Alberta’s boreal forest and employs a number of strategies to deter wildlife from our sites. These include our waterfowl protection plan, and restrictions on the handling of food and food waste.

Regular reminders are communicated to employees and contractors outlining the danger of feeding wildlife and improper disposal of refuse.

We are required by law to report sightings and wildlife incidents occurring on our site to regulators. In situations where distressed wildlife is found, the animal is assessed and appropriate action is taken under the guidance of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) officials.

Regular reminders are communicated to employees and contractors outlining the danger of feeding wildlife and improper disposal of refuse. Other measures used to deter wildlife include regular garbage pick-up, scare cannons and the transport of non-hazardous waste to the municipal landfill.

Our operations are not located within the range of Alberta’s woodland caribou herds or the proposed protection zones of the draft Recovery Strategy for the Woodland Caribou, Boreal Population. While we do not participate in multi-stakeholder groups formed to research and monitor this issue, we do keep abreast of evolving policy development.

Moose corridor study

In 2009, Syncrude, in partnership with the CONRAD Environmental and Reclamation Research Group, commenced a research program into wildlife habitat effectiveness and connectivity in the Athabasca river valley. The program finished Phase 1 and found no current evidence of wildlife corridors within the river valley. The program has moved into Phase 2 and expanded to include wolves.