Push continues to fund clean up of decommissioned wells

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CALGARY, A.B. – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is still waging its funding fight with Ottawa and the governments of the petroleum producing provinces.

President and CEO Mark Salkeld confirmed earlier this year PSAC is seeking $500 million in federal infrastructure funding hoping to put laid off employees of oil and gas service companies back to work, while benefitting the environment.

The money would be used to assist with well decommissioning operations and Mr. Salkeld says slowly but surely the initiative appears to gaining wider public support, even among some traditional oil and gas industry critics.

However, he also concedes the biggest challenge still appears to be finding a way for Alberta’s NDP government to shake free, from the perception held by many in its political base, that the proposal represents a major oil company bailout.

Earlier this month, the BC government released a new report on the Crown Contaminated Sites Program claiming it has investigated a total of 84 sites, including 18 where remediation is complete.

However, it’s important to note, this program established in 2003 is focused on contaminated sites on crown land, including mines, which are believed to present risks to human health and the environment, and where a responsible party no longer exists.

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