Province continues to move forward on abandoned oil wells

By Gary McKinnon
May 11, 2017 - 7:30am

EDMONTON- The Notley government continues to work with industry and experts to find ways to better protect Albertans and the environment by improving policies for managing old oil and gas facilities.

Diverse perspectives will be at the table to help inform policy discussions, including representation from industry, landowners, environmental groups, municipalities and Indigenous communities.

"Albertans are concerned about the growing problem of orphaned and aging oil and gas infrastructure.

 Many landowners are directly affected by this, and it’s a problem that has been ignored for far too long.

It’s important we take action and find the best way to improve the system and ensure these sites are managed responsibly.” says Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd.

The review is expected to be complete by the end of 2017.

Alberta has an estimated 180,000 active wells, 83,000 inactive wells and 69,000 abandoned wells.

As of March 2017, the Orphan Well Association (OWA) had an inventory of 2,084 orphaned wells to go through closure activities (1,394 to be abandoned, 690 to be reclaimed).

The OWA closed 185 wells last year.

(Gary McKinnon)

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