Landowners, First Nations and Metis Settlements’ residents can help get their fellow Albertans back to work in the oil and gas sector, while contributing to the cleanup of oil and gas sites across the province.
Here’s how you can take part:
To nominate an inactive oil and gas site for closure through the Site Rehabilitation Program, landowners, First Nations and Metis Settlements’ residents can visit Landowner and Indigenous Community Site Nomination. There, follow the online instructions to nominate a site for closure on private, reserve or settlement land.
The list of nominated sites will be compiled and verified, and posted online in the near future. 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.
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.
All of this is made possible by the Government of Alberta’s recently launched Site Rehabilitation Program, with $1 billion in grant funding to get Albertans back to work doing abandonment and reclamation on inactive oil and gas sites across the province.
Starting now, the Site Rehabilitation Program is expected to create approximately 5,300 much-needed direct jobs, and help stimulate opportunities for Alberta’s oil field service companies during these difficult times.
Alberta has a strong regulatory system requiring that the thousands of oil and gas structures across the province – including pump jacks, pipelines, and wells – be properly decommissioned and their sites brought back to a land condition similar to the state they were in before the infrastructure was built.
This work ensures that the sites are safe for landowners, Indigenous communities and Albertans, and there are no negative impacts to the environment.
This initiative is another strong example of Alberta’s commitment to responsible energy development.
Connect with the Site Rehabilitation Program:
Connect with the Site Rehabilitation Program, Program Design Implementation and Monitoring Section, for general questions about the program not related to site nominations:
For media inquiries about this article, connect with Kavi Bal, senior press secretary with Energy: