Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Petroleum Services Group Talks Oilwell Cleanup, Pipelines with Federal Ministers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Petroleum Services Group Talks Oilwell Cleanup, Pipelines with Federal Ministers

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Oil and gas group, ministers meet in Calgary

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CALGARY - The head of an oil and gas industry group says he remains hopeful that efforts to clean up dormant wells in Alberta may eventually get some federal support, spurring some much-needed employment in the province.

Mark Salkeld, with the Petroleum Services Association of Canada, made his remarks Tuesday after meeting with Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr in Calgary.

The association asked Ottawa in March for $500 million in infrastructure money to help decommission a fraction of the 75,000 inactive wells across the province.

Salkeld pitched it as an opportunity to put people back to work in the oilfield services industry, which has been hit hard by the downturn in oil and gas prices.

Industry players were disappointed that the March 22 federal budget made no mention of the group's oilwell cleanup idea, or a similar one from Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall.

Salkeld says he's modified his federal ask somewhat since then, with an increased focus on a role for Alberta's Orphan Well Association. …

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