Efforts to reclaim dormant oil and gas well sites on West Moberly First Nations Territory are now on.
Working collaboratively with HarvestOperations Corp, WMCA companies will assume prime contractor roles to ensure the sites are safely decommissioned and restored to a natural state.
Both organizations are looking forward to beginning this work in the summer of 2021 and see significant benefit and potential in the collaboration.
“Harvest is committed to working with its First Nations partners to ensure our operations bring benefit and opportunities to the communities where we operate.” said Harvest COO, Paul Vander Valk.
“We view this collaboration with West Moberly as a win-win for Harvest, the West Moberly community and the environment.” "We are proud and excited about this new relationship", said Chief Roland Willson.
"WMFN's has always stated that we are not opposed to all development, but that any development must make all necessary efforts to minimize impacts to the environment. With this new opportunity, WMFN's will positively participate in remediating and reclaiming areas back to as close to original state as possible. Working hand in hand with Harvest and our other partners we are providing opportunities for our members to participate and set right some of the environmental impacts that have transpired over the years."
With WMCA strategic partners Dutch Engineering and Resolve Energy Solutions acting as the Prime contractor, the well site reclamation project will include five designated WMCA Partners: WM-Dutch Engineering and WM-Resolve for asset retirement; WM-Swamp Donkey for earth works and logistics; WM-DWB Consulting Services Ltd for environmental reclamation; and Twin Sisters Native Plant Nursery for reseeding and planting. Each of these WMCA firms have partnership and community benefit arrangements with West Moberly First Nations.
“Prime contractor status is a natural next step in West Moberly First Nations’ self-determination over its Land and Resources,” said WMCA Director, Robert Diaz. “Not only does this important project put Indigenous People at the head of the table, but it also demonstrates a broader societal shift towards UNDRIP and Indigenous Reconciliation.
This project is a great of example of how collaboration with Indigenous companies can work to benefit everyone. West Moberly Corporate Alliance is the corporate arm of West Moberly First Nation.
It generates revenue and community benefits through the Environment, Social and Governance partnership agreements that govern the natural resource and commercial projects across West Moberly First Nations Territory.