Within the last ten years the energy sector has developed best management practices (BMPs) to lessen its impact on wetlands. Seismic lines, for example, have reduced their width from 6 m to 1.7 m. New technologies allow several wells to be placed on the same pad, greatly reducing infrastructure and resulting fragmentation. This literature review outlines a multitude of other BMPs that could greatly reduce the energy sector’s impact on these fragile ecosystems. Unfortunately, provincial regulations do not require BMPs to be carried out; this means that stewardship relies on the good-will of oil and gas companies.
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