State of Conservation (SOC)
Dinosaur Provincial Park (1991)
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The Bureau noted that in order to accommodate the exploitation of some of the gas deposits under this site which are privately owned, the boundaries of this site have been modified to excise 1,415 acres and add 1,478 acres of higher geological value. Although the Bureau was satisfied that this swap met the approval of the Provincial Parks Branch of Alberta and the slanted drilling technology to be employed will not have adverse impacts on the integrity of the site, the Bureau observed that drilling of any wells inside the Park would cause greater concern. The Delegate of Canada assured the Bureau that impacts of drilling on the integrity of the Park will be closely monitored by representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations and the Bureau and the Committee would be alerted if any threat arose. A revised map of the new boundaries was expected to be sent to the Secretariat.
The recommendations of the Bureau were transmitted to the Canadian authorities by letter of 12 August 1991. In a reply dated 10 October 1991 the Canadian authorities have indicated that the revision of the boundaries of this site was being delayed and a full report, including a map showing changes in the boundary of the site, was expected to be finalized by the end of October 1991. The reply from the Canadian authorities has also been transmitted to IUCN.
Analysis and Conclusion
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Dinosaur Provincial Park (Canada)
The Committee noted that IUCN agreed, in principle, to deleting 1,415 acres of privately owned land comprising natural gas deposits from this site and including 1,478 acres of higher geological value as compensation. The Committee noted that the technology used to drill gas wells had low impacts but pointed out that it would be concerned if the drilling extends to sites within the World Heritage property. The Canadian Delegate informed the Committee that the maps of the area clearly showed that the sites which will be drilled are outside the Park boundaries. The Committee requested that IUCN evaluate the maps recently submitted by Canada, showing the locations of the drilling sites.
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The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).