Wellsite Clay Pad Removal and Peat Inversion

Melanie Bird
Bin Xu
Jean-Marie Sobze
Amanda Schoonmaker
Line Rochefort
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Reclaiming in-situ well pads built in peatland presents many challenges. Our project offers an innovative approach that removes the clay pad and geotextile, fluffs and re-profiles the buried peat, followed by the transfer of a moss layer to introduce propagules for peatland vegetation development. This technical note describes the civil earth work procedures to remove the clay pad and to create a flat, hydrologically connected peat surface suitable for peatland vegetation development.

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