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Alberta - May 28, 2019

When we speak with Albertans, one of the top concerns raised about energy development is aging infrastructure and ensuring that land is returned to its original state once activity wraps up. And for good reason – we’ve witnessed firsthand the impacts that improperly maintained infrastructure can have on the environment and the public.

Oil and gas has been developed in Alberta for more than a century, and for nearly as long, aging infrastructure has been a reality for Albertans. It’s also a complex topic that raises questions such as, “Are abandoned wells dangerous?” “Who’s responsible for abandoning them?” and “What happens to the land afterwards?”

The answers to these and other questions lie with understanding the full life cycle of a well, and in this four-part video series, AER experts walk you through the inactive, suspended, abandoned, and reclaimed stages of energy development infrastructure.

Life & Times of an Oil Well

Oil Wells - Who's Responsible for What?

Inactive and Suspended Wells

Abandoned and Orphaned Wells

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Perry huber

Great videos and commentary


When is the petroleum industry going to fix all their non-compliant pipelines and get those without access rights off our titled lands?

Mark Kavanagh

Great videos! glad to see this basic information is being readily conveyed. Now the challenging question - what is the AER doing to replace the Orphan Fund? Eventually the inventory of Orphan Wells will exceed the ability of industry to pay to address the orphan wells. What is the AER doing to address this eventuality?


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