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Biodiversity

Keyera operates in natural and biodiverse areas, and we are committed to environmental protection, impact mitigation and ecosystem restoration as an integral part of our business. We meet or exceed all laws and regulations, and take steps to minimize habitat disturbance near and around our operations.  

When considering any new project or large expansion, we conduct a thorough biodiversity assessment. This assessment includes:  

  • Identifying nearby protected, environmentally-sensitive and high-value areas as determined by regional governments;

  • Reviewing lists of threatened or endangered species on recognized lists;

  • Engaging with local residents, landowners and Indigenous Communities to identify natural, recreational and traditional lands of importance; and

  • Hiring local experts to conduct biodiversity surveys to assess the baseline and potential disruption from our activities. Surveys include sweeps that look at wildlife corridors, critical wildlife or fish habitat, nesting areas, wetlands, and rare or sensitive plants.  

These comprehensive biodiversity assessments are used as part of our project decision making and environmental management strategies.  

Our Approach to Biodiversity Management

Keyera uses Mitigation Hierarchy as our approach to biodiversity management. This is a best practice tool which guides impact mitigation for resource development projects. We apply the mitigation hierarchy in this sequence:    

  1. Avoid - If there is the potential to disturb a sensitive area, our first step is always to avoid or attempt to re-route. 

  2. Minimize/Mitigate - Where complete avoidance is not possible, environmental management plans are created to reduce the duration, intensity or extent of effects near and around the area of critical importance. We will conduct mitigation measures such as soil salvage, native seed application and erosion control to minimize disturbance and support habitat conservation.

  3. Rehabilitate/Restore – When habitat is affected by our work, every effort is taken to restore the area to its previous ecological state or better.

  4. Compensate/Offset – On occasion, operations will have a permanent footprint on an area. Mitigation techniques and compensation for any loss of biodiversity are provided   through resources to a restoration company.

Through the use of Mitigation Hierarchy, Keyera aims to reduce its land footprint, as well as minimize disturbance through the life of the operation. Internal resources are in place to ensure environmental management plans are properly performed. Keyera also maintains a tracking system to monitor all regulatory obligations and commitments.

Training

Employees or contractors completing biodiversity assessments, managing environmental management plans and/or conservation and reclamation plans must have relevant post-secondary education and professional certification. We also use a Competency Management and Development System (CMDS) to administer education modules to other employees that have been identified as needing environmental training. The modules provide personnel who are not subject matter experts with basic awareness so that they are able to engage with environmental experts as needed.