Failure to clean up B.C. oil wells nets company $45K fine

An Alberta-based oil company has been fined $45,000 for failing to decommission two wells in British Columbia. 

In its decision, handed down April 16, 2024, the BC Energy Regulator (BCER) cited Procyon Energy Corp. for failing to shut down two wells it was supposed to decommission by the end of 2021. 

The company did not take all reasonable steps to prevent a contravention and had “no meaningful plan” to address the two sites, wrote BCER’s executive director of compliance and enforcement Dax Bourke. The company was found to have “derived some economic benefit” for shirking its regulatory obligations.

Plugging oil and gas wells protects water both above and below ground. Unplugged, the wells

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