Land Reclamation 101: How does it work?

oil sands reclamation science

Discover how Canadian oil and natural gas producers ensure the lands they disturb are returned to self-sustaining ecosystems with native plants and trees. Did you know all lands disturbed by oil and natural gas production are reclaimed? Producers are required by law to return the lands back to an equivalent, biologically self-sustaining ecosystem with native vegetation once they are finished with them.

This requires careful planning, the involvement of biologists and experts, consultation with nearby communities and stakeholders and monitoring that spans years to ensure it’s done fully and well. In fact, reclamation planning begins even before the first shovel is put in the ground. Did you know, Canada’s oil sands producers have become so good at land reclamation they are world leaders in this area?

Find out what reclamation looks like for both surface mining and in situ (below ground) operations. 

 Interested in stories like these? Check out
•    Pioneering reclamation at Lake Miwasin 
•    Creating natural habitat an exacting science 
•    Reclaiming land the best possible way

Innovators, you may be interested in COSIA’s Land Challenge: 
COSIA is calling on innovators to submit new research or potential technologies that would enable in situ oil sands operators to conduct below-ground exploration with zero or very limited impact to the surface. Find out more

Want to stay up to date on our activities? Sign up for our newsletter

Share on:

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter