This report was prepared in response to concerns expressed by residents in the Three Creeks area about possible impacts on soil and water from oil and gas activity in the area. This report includes information about the sampling program undertaken in the spring and summer of 2011 and the results of that work.
Alberta Environment requires operators of upstream oil and gas facilities in environmentally sensitive areas to conserve and reclaim land and mitigate effects of their activities.
Please note: This fact sheet is currently under revision to incorporate new and revised requirements for activities within the province of Alberta. Guide 56 – Energy Development Application Guide, is now Directive 56, and is also currently under revision to update requirements for siting oil and gas facilities in or near a water body. Please also refer to
Provincial Wetland Restoration Compensation Fact Sheet. Once revisions to this document are complete, an announcement will be made through the major-domo service.
This Fact Sheet gives guidance regarding the use of native plant materials for revegetation.
This Fact Sheet gives direction for
redisturbed areas and Best Management
Practices for controlling the spread of
problem forage species.
The long-term goal for natural recovery is the
re-establishment of diverse native
ecosystems (e.g., prairie, forest) that can
sustain appropriate multiple uses (e.g.,
grazing, wildlife habitat, timber production).
The short-term goal is the establishment of
compatible early successional species that
provide erosion control and do not interfere
with the existing or proposed end land use.
This Fact Sheet provides guidance in an effort to reduce cumulative impacts to
land, industry has increasingly been using nostrip or reduced disturbance construction on natural landscapes such as prairie and forested areas, and more recently on cultivated land.
Alberta Environment has new guidelines for the remediation of contaminated sites:
• Alberta Tier 1 Soil and Groundwater Remediation Guidelines
• Alberta Tier 2 Soil and Groundwater Remediation Guidelines
The Barite Soil Remediation
Guidelines have been revised to
reflect updated toxicity information.
Assessing Drilling Waste Disposal
Areas and the Alberta Tier 1 Soil and
Groundwater Remediation Guidelines
have been revised to incorporate the
new barite guidelines.
The Subsoil Salinity Tool (SST) v. 2.5.2 is a software program for developing Tier 2 soil remediation guidelines for chloride-based salt
contamination below the root zone. The SST will guide the user to enter a minimum dataset, including site location and soil and groundwater
information. Using this information, the software will provide Tier 2 remediation guidelines for soil
below the root zone. Soil within the root zone must be remediated to meet salinity guidelines in the Alberta Tier 1 Soil and Groundwater Remediation Guidelines.
Conservation and reclamation information letter on Environmental Protection Guidelines for Electric Transmission Lines.