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Terra Informa

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.