Husky is committed to biodiversity and conducts operations with a life-cycle approach to land and habitat stewardship.
A biophysical management working group oversees the development, implementation and maintenance of required procedures, the evaluation and communication of emerging policies and participates on industry and multi-stakeholder committees.
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 research, including programs that protect endangered species and the study of behaviours of at-risk species with habitat in the areas where Husky operates.
Land Management During Project Planning
Husky minimizes disturbance and mitigates 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 avoids rare or endangered species and historical artifacts by using available environmental data and information centres, such as the Alberta Conservation Information Management System, Species at Risk Act registry, and the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.
Husky uses a geographical information mapping system to access available environmental data so that well sites, pipelines and facility sites can be routed and planned to avoid or mitigate impact.
Land and habitat are monitored during operations to assess how to minimize or mitigate potential impacts.
Activities are planned so that sensitive animal and bird activities aren’t affected. To better understand habitat use, workers and in-field cameras observe and record the movements of local wildlife. When an impact is observed, work is undertaken to maintain or restore ecosystem services.
Remediation and Reclamation
Husky prioritizes its inventory of inactive assets to determine which have future production potential and which should be retired. This includes pipelines associated with inactive wells or lines with no flow, which are identified, assessed for future potential and prioritized for abandonment.
Land on the site is restored so it can support similar ecological functions to those that existed before any disturbance. This could include re-contouring sites, addressing potential contamination, replacing soil layers and re-establishing vegetation.
Waste Management and Tracking
Regulatory frameworks in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan govern the requirements for handling, storing or disposing/recycling of waste and any hazardous materials. Husky requires that all waste generated is documented and tracked, even after it leaves the worksite, regardless of regulatory requirements.