Energy Examined
Energy Examined
Jan 13, 2021
What's up with orphan wells?
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Concerns have been raised in the media about orphan wells in Canada. These are natural gas and oil wells where the owner has gone bankrupt and can no longer cover the costs of removing the well equipment and restoring the land. So how big is this issue and what's being done?

Energy Examined host Leighton Klassen speaks with Lars DePauw, executive director of the Orphan Well Association, an industry-funded group that deals with orphan wells. He describes what's being done, including a recent acceleration in reclamations that's also creating jobs across the industry.

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