Landowners can ‘nominate’ oil and gas sites for cleanup

Website allows owners to put a site on their property onto a list for potential cleanup

The province is now accepting “nominations” from landowners who have inactive oil and gas sites on their properties.

The nomination program is the latest phase of the $1-billion Site Rehabilitation Program announced in spring. The program provides grants to oilfield service contractors to perform well, pipeline, and oil and gas site reclamation work.

To nominate a site, go to alberta.ca. To complete the nomination, owners will need to provide all names of landowners on the land title and the legal land description of the well site, facility site or pipeline. (The legal subdivision is preferable if available, but the quarter section is acceptable if the legal subdivision is unclear.)

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A list of nominated sites will be verified and then posted online in “the near future,” said a release from the Ministry of Energy.

“Contractors will be able to view the list of sites to negotiate with the oil and gas company responsible for the site — otherwise known as the site licensee — to enter into a contract to close the site through a Site Rehabilitation Program grant,” the release states.

“In the end, it will be up to the site licensee if work will be completed, but the vast majority of companies are expected to be eager to have their site qualify for a grant to complete required closure work.”

The program is also expected to create about 5,300 direct jobs, and help hard-hit oilfield service companies, the government said. The program is largely being funded by the federal government as part of its pandemic economic response plan.

More information can also be obtained by emailing [email protected] or calling 1-833-680-9083.

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