Varcoe: Landowners stuck with abandoned wells welcome $235-million cleanup plan
By Chris Varcoe
May 19, 2017
Scott 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. Read More…