How many "inactive" oil & gas wells are in Alberta?

  • The question above was asked by a committee (in Oct 2016 ) that was investigating innovative ways to decommission inactive wells.
  • Inactive wells in Alberta have not produced in at least 6 months (if deemed high risk) or 12 months (if deemed lower risk).  The majority of inactive wells will never produce again.  They need to be decommissioned.


  • Fuzeium developed a series of data dashboards that described the inventory of Alberta oil & gas wells that were inactive (non-producing) or orphaned (no longer an owner).
  • This was done by interpreting data published by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER).


  • According to the AER's data, the number of inactive wells in Alberta is about 85,000. 
  • And about 3,500 of those are "orphaned", which means that the companies 


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