Here you will find links to resources and information about inactive oil wells in Alberta. Please familiarize yourself with this important literature before you consider adopting one of our orphans. Check back regularly for updates.

Alberta Energy Regulator on the Orphan Well Association: https://www.aer.ca/regulating-development/project-closure/liability-management-programs-and-processes/orphan-well-association

Orphan Well Association Inventory http://www.orphanwell.ca/pg_orphan_well_list.html

Orphan Well Association – Taking Orphans http://www.orphanwell.ca/pg_TakingOrphans.html

Alberta Energy Regulator on Closure: Abandonment, Remediation and Reclamation https://www.aer.ca/documents/enerfaqs/Closure_FS.pdf

News 

 

https://www.pembina.org/blog/catch-22-redwater-case

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-orphan-oil-and-gas-wells-raise-contamination-fears-on-northeast-bc/  

https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/07/04/Alberta-Failing-Leaking-Oil-Gas-Wells-Risk/

https://calgaryherald.com/business/energy/lexin-resources-bankruptcy-leads-to-millions-in-rising-costs-for-orphan-well-association 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/lexin-resources-what-went-wrong-1.4038838

https://globalnews.ca/news/4033013/redwater-ruling-before-supreme-court/  

https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/06/28/Energy-Industry-Legacy/

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/redwater-orphan-wells-supreme-court-1.4533626

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/orphan-wells-notley-announcement-plan-cleanup-alberta-province-1.4121235 

http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/critics-say-abandoned-alberta-oil-wells-pose-environmental-risk-1.2499977

http://globalnews.ca/news/2307275/interactive-the-hidden-cost-of-abandoned-oil-and-gas-wells-in-alberta/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/alberta/orphan-wells-left-behind-in-albertas-oilslump/article29301010/

http://www.producer.com/2016/11/alberta-group-tackles-growth-in-abandoned-oil-wells/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-sees-huge-spike-in-abandoned-oil-and-gas-wells-1.3032434

Further Reading 

DORIN. An Orphan Well and a Power Station  An Orphan Well and a Power Station A Golden Opportunity for Clarity as to Orphan Well Laws (Including Urban Areas) DORIN LAND AND OILFIELD MANAGEMENT INC.

http://www.policyschool.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Inactive-Oil-Wells-Muehlenbachs-1.pdf

http://www.ecojustice.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/IWCP-Paper-FINAL-20-Nov-2014.pdf

Landowners’ Guide to Oil and Gas Development 3rd edition (Book): http://www.pembina.org/pub/landowners