Premier Rachel Notley to outline plan to clean up Alberta’s orphan wells

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Premier Rachel Notley to outline plan to clean up Alberta’s orphan wells

Province has more than 150,000 old wells in varying degrees of decline

CBC News Posted: May 18, 2017 8:53 AM MT Last Updated: May 18, 2017 9:45 AM MT

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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will make an announcement today about cleaning up abandoned oil and gas wells.

  • A news conference, which includes Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd, will take place at around 9:30 a.m. on an orphan well site near Carstairs, north of Calgary.

The province is sprinkled with old wells, more than 150,000 in varying degrees of decline.

Some have been orphaned, meaning their owners are out of business.

Tens of thousands more have been abandoned and plugged with concrete, but not fully reclaimed; and 82,546 are inactive, meaning no more oil or natural gas is being produced, but the wells haven’t been plugged and could, at least theoretically, be brought back to life.

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Premier Rachel Notley to outline plan to clean up Alberta’s orphan wells

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