Husky is committed to biodiversity and conducts its operations with a life-cycle approach to land and habitat stewardship. Where appropriate, it moves away from a monoculture approach to reclamation to a natural encroachment model. The site is stewarded for the natural development of native species and is monitored for invasive species. This mirrors natural reclamation on an accelerated scale to return the land more quickly to its pre-disturbance state.
Husky has strategically partnered with several groups and organizations dedicated to the conservation of habitat and the reintroduction of endangered species in Western Canada.
It supports the Calgary Zoo's Centre for Conservation Research's Endangered Species Reintroduction Program, which helps scientists study the habitats and behaviours of endangered species.
Husky is committed to minimizing disturbance and mitigating impact in natural landscapes and has been successful in restoring development areas to pre-disturbance conditions.
Environmental impact assessments are conducted on major projects as part of the approval process. Husky uses available environmental data to avoid rare or endangered species or historical artifacts using information centres such as the Alberta Conservation Information Management System, Species at Risk Act (SARA) registry, and the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).
Husky uses HEIGIS, a geographical information mapping system, to provide users with ready access to available environmental data where well sites, pipelines and facility sites can be routed and planned to avoid or mitigate impact.
Remediation is defined as the removal of contaminants and is generally conducted on sites impacted by historical operations. Reclamation involves the re-contouring of the landscape, replacement of topsoil, preparing the seed bed and re-vegetating the site.
Husky consistently leads the industry in land restoration through its proven, efficient processes and has a reputation for excellence with regulators.
Husky practises a "cradle-to-grave" approach to waste management. Waste minimization is a continuous improvement practice involving the 4Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle and recover.
Its comprehensive waste tracking system monitors and verifies the type and volume of waste generated, how waste is handled, and how it is disposed, treated or recycled. Types of waste produced by upstream operations include septic waste, domestic waste, oilfield and drilling waste and construction waste.
Regulatory frameworks in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan govern the requirements for handling, storage or disposal/recycling of these wastes and any hazardous materials. Husky requires that all waste is documented and tracked, even after it leaves the worksite, regardless of regulatory requirements.