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From: Stewart Shields <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, May 23, 2017 at 12:08 PM
Subject: Fw: Misleading News Report!!
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This takes no explanation!! Here Notley is trying to wear little Brad Wall’s Hat!! Or become a member of SPOG!!
On 23/05/2017 9:04 AM, Stewart Shields wrote:
The farmers I have talked to certainly like the fact that something concrete is taking place with Orphan Wells, but are wild that our Government chose to get involved with the financial health of the OWA-instead of getting industry to properly honour their commitment to landowners to clean up their messes?? Gaining access to farmers and ranchers property my be now be properly challenged since the industry are not the entity financing the OWF as the loan offered by our government suggests!! The case can easily be made that a gifted $30 million by the Selmach government in 2009, and gaining the enormous $235 million public loan again in 2017 when in financial straits—it’s has been the public not industry-who the OWA has been supported by—while the industry sits on billions of dollars in cash!! It is not that industry cannot properly afford to finance the OWA—rather it’s been their habit to totally underfund the non profit organization waiting intentionally for a huge pile of governmental funding to let them off the hook!! Most Albertans recognize that the AER and CAPP are financed by industry-with expectations that this fact will be recognized at decision times whenit’s the duty of the aforementioned to approach the industry for enough funds to properly clean up messes allowed to accumulate by the regulator!! These two Industry Pigeons played their cards very well in gaining a huge pile of government funds, while allowing their masters to keep their funds in their banks!! I strongly suspect the wording of the Varcoe release was encouraged by the AER to get out a good feeling about our government risking $235 million instead of doing it’s job to make industry adhere to promises made to Alberta landowners!Stewart Shields
Varcoe: Landowners stuck with abandoned wells welcome $235-million cleanup planAgriculture industry ready to defenScott Irvine has three orphan wells on his farmland near Carstairs.Drilled in 1980 to tap into sweet oil found in the Garrington field, one well has had almost 10 owners over the decades. It was abandoned several years ago after petroleum producer Neo Exploration Inc. went bankrupt.With no company to pay for the cleanup, the inactive well officially became an orphan in November 2015, with an industry group left to deal with its unwanted legacy.The remaining pumpjack and equipment on site is a nuisance for the landowner, who is growing canola and wheat, and has other pastureland in the area.“It’s a definite eyesore and there’s a road that goes down the middle of the land to another well on a different quarter … it sure makes it difficult to farm,” Irvine said Thursday, pointing northward across the horizon.“You can’t really have cattle coming in here because up over there is a bunch of junk and electrical panels, and you don’t know what’s left on.”
RELATEDOn Thursday, Irvine found himself in the unusual position of hosting the premier of Alberta, the provincial energy minister and dozens of industry and government authorities on his property.They crowded around a podium placed in front of the pumpjack, while TV cameras and media tromped across his field.“Mr. Irvine is a lot like a number of Alberta landowners, happy to work with industry to get our resources extracted,” the premier told reporters.“But now that the resource has been extracted, he’s left with this pumpjack, the well and a storage tank.”Irvine’s story isn’t unusual, but the government and industry have come up unique way to address the escalating problem of orphan wells scattered across the province.The government announced it will lend $235 million to an industry-funded group, the Alberta Orphan Well Association, to speed up the remediation of about 700 such wells over the next three years.Through an industry levy, petroleum producers will pay the principal back over 10 years, while $30 million provided to the province in the last federal budget will be used to pay off the interest.This initiative will let the association accelerate the reclamation of these wells, reducing the liability by about a third, while creating an estimated 1,650 jobs in related oilfield services work.“It will help the beleaguered oil and gas service sector in Alberta get its workers back to work,” said Mark Salkeld, head of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada, which came up with the idea more than a year ago.The two-year recession and oil price collapse has seen a number of producers struggle or fail outright, tossing thousands of oilpatch employees out of a job and more inactive wells into the association’s lap.The non-profit group now has more than 2,000 orphan wells to deal with, up from 162 only two years ago.Across the province, Alberta has an estimated 83,000 inactive oil and gas wells that haven’t produced for at least six months.However, the province has no regulated timelines on when these wells must be cleaned up, allowing producers to determine when they’ll remove the equipment and seal the well.The industry understands it’s got a growing problem on its hands, and the levy charged to petroleum producers by the Orphan Well Association will double from $30 million this year to $60 million in 2019-20.“We know that there is a big liability, there’s no getting by that,” said the premier. “So the question is how do we get a handle on that in a way that’s balanced and responsible?”The program might also help to defuse some of the tension that’s been rising between landowners and energy companies, as the number of lapsed payments from producers has also climbed during the downturn and more wells have been abandoned.
Irvine notes money paid to farmers by the sector often isn’t worth the inconvenience.“It’s to the point where I have some other land east of here and they wanted to put a pipeline across and I said no,” he explained. “It’s not worth the little bit of money.”Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd said the $235-million repayable loan to industry lets the province keep its polluter-pay principle intact.But the initiative is only a short-term solution, she conceded.“It’s a matter for all Albertans. I would say every rural MLA in our legislature has heard from people about this matter and the growing concern.”Back on Irvine’s land, service workers will remove rods and tubing from the oil well in the coming days, paving the way for downhole abandonment and remediation efforts.The final price for the well’s end-of-life process is estimated in the $200,000 range.Irvine’s just happy to see progress being made, even if it’s only one well at a time.“It will be just nice to be able to put this pasture right back, seed it to grass, cattle can graze,” he concluded.“And get rid of that darn road, because it’s a pain in the butt.”Chris Varcoe is a Calgary Herald columnist.