My name is Tony, and thanks to people like you, Ecojustice is helping me and my family hold the Alberta Energy Regulator and an oil and gas company accountable for cleaning up abandoned well sites.
I work the farmland that has been in my family for three generations, but our land has been contaminated by two, long-inactive sour gas wells. I have fought for decades to have these wells reclaimed. And before me, my father and grandfather fought for the same.
I remember the first time I negotiated with a land agent representing the well owner. It was harvest time and I was busy. I was also unsure of my property rights when it came to dealing with an oil and gas company. Unsurprisingly, things did not go well. That’s when my wife and I realized we had to educate ourselves. But it was impossible to get answers from the various regulators.
Luckily, I was referred to Ecojustice. With support from people like you, Ecojustice lawyers have stood up for my interests in Court — successfully challenging the well owner over an expired lease agreement — and before the Alberta Energy Regulator.
Ecojustice lawyers Barry Robinson and Fraser Thomson have been a lifeline. Thanks to their hard work the Alberta Energy Regulator completed phase one of a site reclamation in 2015. It was a victory I celebrated with my neighbours, because they are also directly affected by this issue.
Since then, the Alberta Energy Regulator has done little to enforce its clean-up orders. Meanwhile, there are still approximately 14,000 inactive wells in Alberta that do not comply with regulatory requirements. That is frustrating. And that’s why I am grateful to have Ecojustice and supporters like you standing with me in this ongoing fight.
Today, I’m proud to invite you to donate to Ecojustice because I know that when you make a gift, you empower families like mine to fight for a healthy environment.