When choosing locations for MEG Energy’s facilities, we consider both scientific and traditional knowledge of the land. Locations of water bodies, rare plants, sensitive wildlife habitats and historically or ecologically significant lands are considered.
Whenever possible, MEG builds its infrastructure on land previously used for access roads or exploration to minimize overall land disturbance.
SAGD technology allows at least six well pairs to produce from one wellpad, which reduces our surface footprint and increases operational efficiency.
This picture shows what wellheads look like above the surface. Approximately 400 metres underground, the wells are drilled horizontally for another 700 to 800 metres. Because MEG's oil extraction occurs deep below the surface, natural ecosystems, including wetlands, trees and lakes are protected.
MEG uses progressive reclamation techniques to return land to its previous form.
All topsoil, subsoil and peat materials are carefully salvaged and preserved for reclamation. We keep these materials safe to re-establish native plants once the land is ready to be reclaimed.
Progressive reclamation is currently used for MEG’s exploration areas and will continue with well pads and roads when they are no longer productive or needed.
MEG’s efforts in oil sands reclamation extend beyond its lease boundaries. MEG is a key participant and supporter in a University of Alberta research project in Wetlands Reclamation policy development. We work with several industry and environmental groups to provide feedback on reclamation criteria.