Abstract

Minimizing and mitigating the environmental impacts of our developments and operations is a very important business driver for Devon Canada Corporation (Devon). Devon takes this responsibility seriously, and believes in maintaining social license to operate, respecting stakeholder interests, and not just meeting, but exceeding, regulatory requirements where it makes sense to do so. Our commitment to the environment is reflected in our corporate policies, which include a Biodiversity and Land Stewardship Policy that provides overarching top-level direction to wildlife, biodiversity and land issues. Wildlife and biodiversity are among the most tangible concerns for stakeholders in Alberta's oil sands region. In 2002, very little was known about wildlife responses to in situ oil sands development. Acknowledging this information deficiency, and recognizing that in situ oil sands development was a long term and incremental commitment, Devon initiated what would become an ongoing In Situ Wildlife Mitigation and Monitoring Program to monitor wildlife populations, conduct research to fill key data gaps, and mitigate negative impacts to wildlife and biodiversity in and around our project areas. To achieve our vision of minimizing impacts to wildlife in the oil sands region, we have made biologically sound commitments, collaborated with peers and other resource sectors, developed strategic research partnerships, and engaged employees at every level throughout the company in implementation. In its current state, the Program has now been endorsed by regulators as the best-in-industry for such initiatives, and has been recognized with numerous awards for its comprehensiveness, innovation and corporate commitment.

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