WHEREAS many oil and gas production companies have declared bankruptcy in the last several years; and
WHEREAS many of the wells, compressor stations, battery and satellite sites and facilities owned by these bankrupt companies have been abandoned and not reclaimed; and
WHEREAS many of these properties are located on agricultural land and hinder the regular field operations of livestock and crop producers; and
WHEREAS the mandate of the Orphan Well Association is to manage and reclaim properties abandoned by bankrupt oil and gas companies; and
WHEREAS the activities of Orphan Well Association are limited by the funds available and therefore cannot currently reclaim all of these properties in a timely fashion;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Rural Municipalities of Alberta request that the Orphan Well Association prioritize the reclamation of abandoned oil and gas sites on the following basis:
Currently the number of sites the Orphan Well Association is tasked with cleaning up exceeds the annual budget available. Lac La Biche County is requesting that the Orphan Well Association, subject to health, safety, and environmental concerns, reclaim abandoned sites on actively farmed property prior to reclaiming abandoned sites on unfarmed property.
RMA has no active resolutions directly related to this issue.