Our EHS Philosophy sets the expectation that we will achieve excellence while we’re working to protect our ecosystem. Protocols such as pre-construction environmental clearance guide our stewardship and regulatory compliance.

Devon has a strong record of minimizing surface disturbance wherever we operate.

Good steward of the environment

Devon operates in prairies, grasslands, boreal forests and deserts, working with various stakeholders including public and private landowners. The industrial processes we use to produce oil and natural gas begin and end at ground level. We take great care to be good stewards of the land, wildlife and habitat, and we seek to minimize the surface disturbance we make.

Conservation and biodiversity projects

Our effort to protect the environment involves partners, including our neighbors, state and federal agencies such as the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and industry groups including Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA). Our perspectives are diverse, yet we all share an interest in preserving our shared landscapes for future generations. To help sustainably manage our developments, we integrate land use and biodiversity considerations into early planning as we work to optimize surface land use. In Canada, Devon led a COSIA study of wetland reclamation specific to the steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) recovery process we use in the Alberta oil sands. Wetlands cover roughly half of the Canadian boreal forest landscape, so protecting them is vital. The study produced industry guides for planning and executing boreal wetland reclamation, based on the latest science and best practices compiled by Devon Canada and our fellow COSIA members. The guides will be used across the Canadian energy industry.

Devon leads a collaborative industry working group
focused on woodland caribou protection.

Devon led the Regional Industry Caribou Collaboration (RICC), designed to protect woodland caribou populations through habitat reclamation and improved monitoring. RICC was an Alberta Emerald Foundation award finalist in 2017 and 2018. These awards recognized RICC and Devon for excellence in environmental achievement by our collaborative industry project which is coordinating habitat restoration and conducting research for this threatened species. 

Devon has also taken care to conserve plant and wildlife habitat when making temporary access roads and drilling sites for our oil exploration in Canada. When our work is finished, the land is restored as soon as possible. We accomplish this using innovative techniques and equipment such as amphibious or floating excavators that allow year-round reclamation work on challenging sites within areas of important and biodiverse habitat. 

In conjunction with the BLM and the University of Wyoming, we sponsor the Wyoming Conservation Corps, coordinating habitat restoration projects that protect wildlife and improve federal lands. 

Devon served as an industry leader in conserving Dunes Sagebrush Lizard habitat in west Texas and southeast New Mexico. Our work with the BLM and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service produced public-private conservation agreements requiring companies to avoid certain areas and reclaim lizard habitat that may have been affected by oilfield activities in the past. 

To earn and maintain the trust of our neighbors and stakeholders, Devon will continue to collaborate with partners to preserve the landscape and protect wildlife habitat in areas surrounding our operations.