August 18, 2020: Alberta's Orphan Wells
This week on Terra Informa, Sonak Patel and Skylar Lipman, joined by Morrigan Simpson-Marran from the Pembina Institute and Daniel Schiffner from the University of Alberta, discuss orphan wells in Alberta.
The evidence of oil and gas development on Alberta’s landscape appears in various forms across the province. Much of oil and gas extraction requires drilling a well into the ground to reach subterranean fossil fuels. Under provincial regulations, these wells are supposed to be reclaimed once they reach the end of their productive lifespan. But in some cases, reclamation doesn’t happen, leaving a substantial number of wells dotted across the Albertan landscape.
How many orphaned wells are there in Alberta? How does a well become ‘orphaned’, and why are they a problem? We find out the answers to these questions in this week’s episode.