Nominate oil and gas wells for priority cleanup

The B.C. government says it is now accepting public nominations for oil and gas wells that should take priority in efforts to cleanup and reclaim dormant and orphan sites across the northeast.

Specific sites can be nominated online by landowners, local governments, and First Nation communities until Sept. 30, the province said.

"We are making sure local communities' voices are heard and they have a hand in the process," said energy minister Bruce Ralston.

"By prioritizing the reclamation of orphan and inactive wells chosen by the public, we're making use of local knowledge as we clean up the environment and create jobs for B.C. workers."

The $100-million Dormant Sites Reclamation Program was announced in April as part of a federal economic recovery plan for the beleaguered oil and gas sector in Western Canada.

The program will be delivered alongside a $15-million orphaned site reclamation program, and a $5-million legacy site reclamation program.

Wells nominated for cleanup will receive priority consideration under the second increment of $50 million available through the Dormant Sites program and as part of the $15-million Orphaned Sites program, the province said.

To learn more and to nominate a site, visit the program website by clicking here.

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