Landowners' Primer: What you need to know about unreclaimed oil and gas wellsA tool for landowners who find themselves with inactive, suspended, abandoned or orphaned wells on their property.

Publication - Nov. 21, 2019 - By Nikki Way, Morrigan Simpson-Marran

Inactive and orphaned well numbers are growing in parallel with a prolonged energy recession in Alberta since 2014. Rural landowners are the ones who have this infrastructure on their land and have to live with these uncertainties. With support from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation, the Pembina Institute has published the Landowners' primer: what you need to know about unreclaimed oil and gas wells to help those who are most impacted. Designed as a complementary follow up to our 2016 publication, the Landowners’ Guide to Oil and Gas Development , this primer addresses questions and examines problems landowners face when dealing with operators who are under financial strain and still have unreclaimed oil and gas infrastructure on landowners’ property.

The Pembina Institute’s Landowners' primer outlines what a typical reclamation process should look like, and what issues may arise if the reclamation process does not go as planned. It explains what may happen if the operator on your land declares bankruptcy, and who might take over the responsibility of the well next. It offers guidance on issues such as missed lease payments and who to contact in case of a leak from the well. It also offers advice on how to navigate an untended well site. Should more questions remain, the guide has a list of contacts for landowners in order to get the help they need.

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