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Blog: Bill 12: The Effects on Pipelines and Orphan Wells amid COVID-19


By the McLennan Ross Energy, Environmental & Regulatory Team


On March 31, 2020, the provincial government introduced Bill 12, the Liabilities Management Statutes Amendment Act, 2020. Bill 12 proposes changes to the Oil and Gas Conservation Act ("OGCA") and the Pipeline Act, with the theme of enhancing cleanup obligations under both Acts. The Government states that Bill 12 is intended to provide increased authority to the Alberta Energy Regulator (“AER”) and the Orphan Well Association (“OWA”) to effectively maintain and manage orphan wells and associated infrastructure, while protecting landowners and ensuring environmental and public safety.

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