Since 2010 Matrix has been supporting oil sands exploration (OSE) programs with site closure expertise for in-situ sites in Northeast Alberta. We provide practical and cost effective services that support site closure, beginning after OSE program drilling through to reclamation certificates. These include aerial site assessments, ground site assessments, reclamation recommendations, annual reporting, and reclamation certificate applications.
Murphy Oil Corporation discovered a condensate release from one of its pipelines at three separate surface locations in April 2015. Our client needed to delineate and contain the spill. Monitoring of wildlife, surface water, groundwater, and atmosphere quality was required to assess for impacts from the release. Once containment was put in place, Murphy needed to remediate and manage risks associated with the spill.
Elemental Energy developed a 15 MWac solar facility in Brooks, Alberta – the first utility-scale solar project in western Canada. During a pre-construction site visit, Elemental Energy personnel noticed what appeared to be a hawk nest near the edge of their solar energy development property. Hawk species and active hawk nests are protected and regulated by the Alberta Wildlife Act and, depending on the species, by the Federal Species at Risk Act.
The City of Calgary recently embarked on a project to replace the 109-year-old 12 Street S.E. Bridge over the Bow River, the main access point between the Calgary Zoo and locations to the south. The bridge was in poor condition and deteriorating beyond a safe, useable condition.
The foundations of four AltaLink transmission structures were threatened due to significant bank erosion along a 900m reach of the Oldman River, Alberta. Further bank erosion could impact the reliability of the line or require the relocation of the structures to another location.
We routinely lead characterization of stream morphology to:
- Assess fluvial erosion hazards
- Develop alternatives for erosion control in environmental assessments
- Develop management strategies as part of land use planning (subwatershed, secondary, tertiary plans and site plans)
- Assist in culvert/bridge design
- Define erosion thresholds to inform stormwater management