What information should be included in a mitigation strategy?

Appendix B of the EMPG provides minimal guidelines for Mitigation Strategy documents. 

In addition ABA Mitigation Plans should include:

  • An explanation of any efforts made to coordinate access and development with other industrial users with operations in the area.
  • A detailed rationale is required when the applicant does not demonstrate avoidance, use of existing disturbance or shared access.
  • A detailed account of any criteria that were considered to minimize the disturbance footprint in well site design, such as alignment to fit local topography, limited use of cut and fill, minimizing pad size, avoidance of sensitive areas and actions to reduce the number of trees harvested.
  • A detailed explanation and/or a map of any site specific measures employed to minimize disturbance to soil and vegetation including plans that minimize impact to the duff layer (such as limited stumping/grubbing, frozen ground access, use of rig matting, use of low ground pressure equipment and soil management for restoration).
  • A detailed explanation and/or a map of any site-specific measures employed to limit disturbance by the roadway, such narrowing the cleared width of the right of way and limiting ground disturbance for the running surface and ditch lines.
  • A detailed explanation and/or a map of any site-specific measures employed to limit disturbance by pipeline construction, such as use of trenchless technology and reduction of workspace requirements on either side of the crossing.
  • A detailed explanation and/or a map of any site-specific geophysical survey design elements used to minimize disturbance, such as avoidance, dead-ending at riparian zones, cutting restrictions limited to brush and understory, meandering avoidance, doglegs and mulch management.
  • A detailed explanation and/or a map of any site-specific remediation and/or prescriptions for restoration and recovery, including actions related to access control, spreading coarse woody debris, mounding, planting and/or seeding.
  • A detailed explanation of minimal disturbance strategies for activity in Riparian Reserve Zones. This should include an erosion risk assessment, sediment control, timing considerations, stability analysis, minimal tree felling (away from watercourse), re-establishing vegetation, contingency measures, and a post construction recovery and monitoring plan.
  • Rationale detailing operational need or relevant constraints to justify any exceedance of the documented expectations for well pad area.
  • A detailed account of any considerations that support the objectives of the area within which the activity is proposed
  • Any other information that may support the proposed development being permitted within the Old Forest or Riparian Reserve Zone as proposed.