Flamingo Pad Design

Unconventional Pad Design

Minimizes Landscape Footprint

Our unconventionally shaped 11-27-82-19 W6M pad site reflects the importance and priority Crew has maintained when considering the environmental impact of our activity and minimizing our footprint on the landscape. The unorthodox shape of the pad site, often called “the Flamingo”, is an example of the extent Crew undertakes with all our projects.

To meet both geological and development objectives, the ideal spot for the pad is where it is located today.

The Challenge? The possibility for movement of the pad site was minimal as the lease is restricted to the south due to terrain and topography limitations, with a wet marsh area to the northwest. There were also multiple areas of archeological potential surrounding the lease and extending in all directions.

Up for the challenge, Crew placed the lease in an area with the least amount of disturbance while taking additional measures to work around all proved positive archeological findings and terrain and topography limitations.

During the Archeological Assessment of this specific site, 1,197 subsurface tests were conducted at 14 locations exhibiting archeological potential, with 8 assessed locations proving positive for archeological remains. The types of species mitigated were black chert flake, lithic debitage and fire altered rock.

Working closely with the OGC Archaeological Branch, the site was deemed an appropriate candidate for a Section 12 application, which permits the disturbance of an archaeological site with the consent of Indigenous communities. Crew opted not to apply and instead spent additional time and monetary resources to fit our operations within an area that would not disturb culturally sensitive artifacts.


  • We elected to place a lease in an area with the least amount of disturbance
  • Crew invested time and capital to fit our operations within an area of high Ethnic Significance to avoid disturbing culturally-sensitive artifacts

1,197 subsurface tests

conducted at 14 locations exhibiting archeological potential.

“We fit ourselves into the land, not the other way around”

-Casey Petras, Surface Land Coordinator, with Crew for 13 years

– An aerial view of the unconventional pad at work.