Reclamation in Action

Land Reclamation is integral to the sustainable operation of the oil and gas sector and other resource-based industries.

Land reclamation erases industrial footprints. It can start at ground level, with removal of contaminated soil or treatment of depleted soils. It can include harvesting seeds and then replanting to restore vegetation. It requires knowledge of the environmental impacts of the oil and gas industry combined with expertise in soil management, horticulture, native plants, climate, forestry, and the logistics of working safely in remote locations.

Excavation

Removing contaminated soil for treatment and storage

From Complex Problems to Solid Solutions

We work with our clients to come up with a solid solution to any challenge.

Integrating Natural Vegetation

Using natural vegetation to regrow and reclaim used land.
The demand is huge. In the province of Alberta alone there are…
Discontinued Well Sites
KM of Pipeline Requiring Reclamation Certificates
Active Well Sites in Alberta Alone (which will eventually require remediation)
New Wells Every Year

Both Alberta and B.C. offer oil and gas companies a way to reduce their environmental liability through reclamation program which certify the restoration of former well sites and pipelines to a condition as close as possible to the original, natural state.

Reclaimit offers professional, proven and safe reclamation services, even in the most difficult and remote environments. Our skilled project planning and site management ensure effective health, safety and environment protocols. We solve your problems – we don’t create new ones.




Excavation of Contaminated Soil

Excavation of Contaminated Soil

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Over a 10-day period, Reclaimit oversaw the excavation and transfer of 34,000 tonnes of material from a contaminated well site to a treatment and storage facility.
From Complex Problems to Solid Solution

From Complex Problem to Solid Solution 

Reclamation projects are often complex. Locations can be remote. Experience and solid project planning give you results at the lowest possible cost. For example, when possible we hire contract local workers to take advantage of their familiarity with the terrain and to reduce the cost of bringing in operators and machinery.

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Reclaimit Ltd. organized the reclamation of this access for Devon Canada in NE BC in  2005  A 1.6 km access lane was reclaimed with hand tools.
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The remote site was only accessible by helicopter, so all workers and supplies were transported to nearby staging areas by air.
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Hand tools were used to install water bars, develop drainage patterns and promote stability of the soils. The remote location prevented the use of heavy equipment. In addition, use of hand tools minimized further impact on the site. Large woody debris was placed on the access line to eliminate future access and support natural re-establishment by enhanced microsites for native plant establishmentTrees were planted to promote long-term stabilization of deeper soil.
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A site monitoring visit six weeks later in mid October, (left) showed successful soil stabilization despite heavy autumn rains. A year later (right) the restored site blends into the surrounding forest.

Integrating Natural Vegetation

Integrating Natural Vegetation

Reclaimit specializes in reclamation strategies that work with nature by using native plants as allies in restoring the land. A few advantages of this approach include:  effective long-term erosion control; elimination of weed management; improved nutrient availability; reduced need for monitoring; and, less site preparation. All of these benefits combine to give you long-term savings in dollars and can used to tangibly demonstrate enhanced environmental stewardship; restoration of sites with native plants a solid way to demonstrate a broader social value for land management.

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Gathering seeds is the first step in using native plants and natural vegetation. Cones, such as lodgepole pine, can be harvested in the winter (left) but some species – green alder – can only be harvested during a short period in the fall (right). Collected cones are shown below.

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In 2007 Talisman Energy engaged to re-vegetate 200+ temporary work spaces along 34km of natural gas pipeline right of way in NW Alberta.
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BP Energy re-vegetation support on a reclaimed lease.  One season of growth performance – 2006 –  Merrick Mountain, Tumbler Ridge, BC.