Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation

Legacy sites restoration program cleans up environment, supports good jobs

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Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation

Legacy sites restoration program cleans up environment, supports good jobs

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Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low-Carbon Innovation
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250 952-0628
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Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low-Carbon Innovation
Media Relations
250 952-0628

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Facts about legacy sites, reclamation
  • All caribou in British Columbia are woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou).
    • These caribou are comprised of 54 herds or subpopulations and are now classified into four kinds: southern mountain, central mountain, northern mountain and boreal.
  • Of about 25,000 oil and gas well sites in B.C., approximately 770 are considered orphan.
    •  In addition, there are more than 8,500 dormant well sites in B.C.
    • The number of legacy sites is to be determined with the help of affected First Nations communities.
  • The Dormant Sites Reclamation Program provides $100 million to reclaim dormant oil and gas sites, which are wells that have been inactive for five consecutive years and are unlikely to be returned to service.
  • The BC Oil and Gas Commission administers the Orphan Sites Supplemental Reclamation program, which provides $15 million to reclaim orphan oil and gas sites where the operator is insolvent, no longer exists or cannot be located.
  • The Petroleum and Natural Gas Legacy Sites Restoration program provides $6.5 million ($5 million from the federal government, and $1.5 million from the Province and industry partners) to address the legacy effects of historical oil and gas activities that continue to have environmental impacts, such as those on wildlife habitat or on the traditional use by Indigenous peoples.

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