​​Applications open for B.C.'s dormant well cleanup program

Fort Nelson First Nations contractors Image: Ryan Dickie, Winter Hawk Studios

The province has opened applications to a $100-million program to reclaim dormant oil and gas well sites in northeast B.C.

The province is looking to clean up 2,000 wells in the region, with the funds coming in partnership with the federal government.

The Dormant Sites Reclamation Program will target wells that have been inactive for five consecutive years and are unlikely to be returned to service, the province says. The program will provide up to $100,000, or 50 per cent of total cleanup costs.

“The Program will offer opportunities for oil and natural gas service sector contractors in British Columbia to apply for a financial contribution to undertake and complete work on dormant site reclamation,” the province says.

First Nations, local governments, and landowners will be able to nominate dormant, orphan, and legacy sites for priority cleanup starting June 15.

There are 1,200 jobs to be created through the program, using industry contractors. The province says funding will be open to oil and gas field service companies and contractors based in B.C., with registration, office and operations in B.C.

Around 7,685 wells are dormant in B.C., with 357 orphaned, or abandoned.

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

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