​AER warns against tampering with oil and gas infrastructure

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) issued a warning on Friday that tampering with oil and gas infrastructure, such as turning off valves and cutting power to oil and gas sites, is unsafe and could lead to criminal charges.

This comes on the heels of a report that a group of Alberta landowners is asking farmers and ranchers to fight back against unpaid debts and unreclaimed oil and gas wells by closing valves and cutting power to energy company sites.

The AER stated that a person attempting to interfere with oil and gas infrastructure could expose themselves and others to hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas, which is deadly in high concentrations, and explosions, fires, and electrocution can result.

“Landowners are encouraged to continue to work with the Alberta Surface Rights Board and Government of Alberta as it relates to surface lease payments,” the AER said.