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Alberta releases liability estimate for well cleanup

January 23, 2024 Bob Weber - The Canadian Press

Alberta’s oil and gas producers spent nearly $700 million in 2022 on cleaning up the hundreds of thousands of old wells that dot the province, the regulator’s first report on the extent of those liabilities indicates.  That’s 65 per cent

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Alberta auditor general gives qualified thumbs up to oil well cleanup spending

March 23, 2022 The Canadian Press

EDMONTON – The Alberta government is getting mostly check marks from the province’s auditor general over how it handled the billion dollars it got from Ottawa to clean up abandoned oil and gas wells and get service contractors back to

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The estimated cost of cleaning Canada’s orphan oil and gas wells

January 31, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

The cost of cleaning up orphaned oil and gas wells across Canada could skyrocket between 2020 and 2025, says a new report from Canada’s parliamentary budget officer. Provincial regulators require oil and natural gas companies to close inactive or abandoned

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Alberta rolls out new rules forcing industry to pay for abandoned well cleanup

December 1, 2021 The Canadian Press

CALGARY – Alberta’s oil and gas regulator has rolled out new rules aimed at addressing the growing problem of inactive and abandoned wells in the province. The new rules will require the energy industry to spend $422 million next year

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Abandoned oil and gas wells will be cleaned up despite backlog: Alberta regulator

May 31, 2021 Bob Weber - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – There’s lots of life in Alberta’s conventional oil industry and plenty of resources and political will to clean up the mess it leaves behind, says the head of the province’s energy regulator. “Will there be halcyon-days growth in

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The growing cost to clean up abandoned and orphaned wells

October 16, 2020 The Canadian Press

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. Author: Kevin Kemball, Director – Centre for Boreal Research, Northern Alberta