Water needed to produce steam for MEG’s SAGD operations comes from non-drinkable sources located deep under the ground.
These sources include saline formations, unsuitable for human or agricultural use. No surface water is used in our SAGD operations and no process waters are discharged to the environment.
MEG aims to recycle 90% of the water used to produce steam.
Make-up water is retrieved from the Clearwater and McMurray formations. Because of their depths, withdrawal of water from these formations has minimal environmental impact.
MEG conducts extensive ground and surface water monitoring to ensure operations do not impact the environment or drinkablewater sources. We also sample storm water collected on our sites to make certain no contamination – including excess silt – is carried into the environment with rain or snow.