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ORPHAN WELLS DILEMMA IN CANADA

Orphan Wells Dilemma in Canada

Published On: March 27, 2020

Natural Gas Commodity Update - April 2020

An orphan well is an oil and gas well or related facility that has no responsible or financially-able party to manage its abandonment and reclamation responsibilities, therefore becoming the responsibility of the Orphan Well Association (OWA). Orphan wells and facilities continue to proliferate because of multiple complex economic and environmental factors and pinpointing one root cause is a challenge, with few solutions in place. The remedy must consider a balance between the economy and the environment. This article identifies various challenges and potential solutions to address the orphan wells issue in Canada.

April 2020