Remote cameras have been set up in forest locations to study regional impact and disturbance on wildlife. Photo: Univeristy of Alberta
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 Fish and Wildlife officials from Alberta Environment and Parks.
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.
Please refer to our current Sustainability Report for more information on our wildlife protection strategies.
Research and Wildlife Studies
We recognize the value of multi-stakeholder approaches to monitor and mitigate industry impacts on the environment. Syncrude funding supports the work of several groups and initiatives, including the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA), and we actively participate in a number of initiatives underway through Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA). This includes, for example, the Alberta Biodiversity Conservation Chairs Program to improve biodiversity science in the boreal forest and research on assessing regional wildlife corridors.