Land

We work to minimize surface disturbance through effective planning and responsible development.

We recognize virtually all aspects of our operations involve the use of surface land. Whether it's private, Aboriginal or government-owned land, we work with our neighbours to minimize surface disturbance through effective planning and responsible development.

We understand the expectations placed on companies to demonstrate a high degree of environmental protection for the land on which they operate, and we are continuously driven to implement better land-use practices.

Abandonment and reclamation 2011 2012 2013
Total abandoned wells awaiting reclamation 699 537 451
Total abandoned wells, active reclamation
complete, awaiting reclamation certificate
86 217 (1) 589(3)
Well site reclamation certificates received 107 (2) 52 14
Total wells undergoing active reclamation 893 937 596
Total reclaimed land (acres) 424 434 69

  • (1) In 2012, in order to reduce our overall environmental liability, our Canadian Division made a concerted effort to finalize reclamation activities and apply for reclamation certificates for sites where the majority of reclamation was complete.
  • (2) Due to low commodity prices and a number of divestitures, Encana focused on reclamation of sites, resulting in an increase in reclamation certificates and reducing the backlog of sites requiring reclamation.
  • (3) In 2013, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. acquired the liability associated with an estimated 376 plugged and abandoned wells located in the San Juan Basin. It is believed reclamation was performed by the operator of record at the time of abandonment; however, the existence of final, approved reclamation completion determinations for these locations has not yet been completed.

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