Ontario: Pathetic $23.6 Million Action Plan to *try* to stop abandoned oil and gas wells (most locations unknown) from exploding and killing. Rural Albertan: “I don’t think $2 million or $23 million will prevent them all from ‘exploding’ … omg too funny.” And, irresponsible and too tragic.

Map of some of the Ontario energy wells (many of them leaking and or abandoned, including deadly sour gas) as of April 5, 2015. 3,600 of these have been frac’d as of that date (how many more since?) while Ontario gov’t lies publicly, claiming there has been/is no frac’ing there:

Ontario will dole out $2 million to nine municipalities in southwestern Ontario this year in an effort to prevent abandoned oil and gas wells from exploding by The Canadian Press, Jan 18, 2024, Mountain View Today

NORFOLK COUNTY, Ont. — Ontario will dole out $2 million to nine municipalities in southwestern Ontario this year in an effort to prevent abandoned oil and gas wells from exploding.

Natural Resources Minister Graydon Smith says the money will be used by municipalities to buy equipment and provide health and safety training to better understand the risks of old wells and to help plug them.

The funding will also be used to educate residents about the dangers posed by abandoned wells, many of which date to the late 1800s.

In 2021, a gas leak from an old well levelled two buildings and injured 20 people in Wheatley, Ont.

The explosion came weeks after local officials declared two states of emergency and evacuation orders after discovering hydrogen sulphide gas leaks in the area.

The province plans to provide $7.5 million to municipalities over the next three years as part of its $23.6 million action plan for the roughly 27,000 There are 30,000 abandoned wells in Ontario that no one knows their location for or their status, and likely many more. Oil, gas and frac in Canada, anywhere, is a deregulated, dishonest, frenzied free-for-all, leaving communities and residents the losersabandoned oil and gas wells in Ontario.

Refer also to:

1982: Alberta: Sour gas and sickness; Smelly smelly run-around. Regulators/Health authorities, then and now, lie to the harmed, coddle the polluters. Alberta’s Pollution Solution: Discredit the poisoned; call them crazy.

1988: Nakoda Nation, Alberta: Engineer reported hundreds of drinking water wells contaminated with sour gas on Stoney Reserve west of Calgary. H2S is deadly, damages the brain even at low levels. AER blamed nature and if not nature, then bacteria. Same blame game polka after frac’ing contaminated drinking water wells with gas at Ponoka, Wetaskiwin, Spirit River, Rockyford, Rosebud, Redland, etc.

1999: Petroleum Resources Centre (Ministry of Natural Resources):

2005 Cartoon in Calgary Herald, “Life beside a sour gas well…” or with a sour gas contaminated water supply (many in Ontario) or in a community with hidden leaking oil and gas wells that no one knows are there or a new frac job busting up old leakers

2005: Investigators say an accumulation of gases appears to have caused the explosion that destroyed the Rosebud water tower and sent a Wheatland County employee to hospital

2006: Spirit River Alberta, Bruce Jack and two industry gas-in-water testers were seriously injured when Jack’s methane and ethane contaminated water well explodes (after the water regulator advised Jack to install professional venting to “remove” the gas and make the water “safe.”)

2011: Understanding the Souring at Bakken Oil Reservoirs

Oil field reservoir souring is defined as occurring when increasing concentrations of H2S are observed in production fluids. This is a relatively well-known problem in the contemporary oil industry.

The general causes of souring are geomechanical (fracturing and intrusion into another formation), thermochemical (e.g., mineral dissolution), biogenic (sulfur-reducing bacteria activity), or combinations thereof.

In all cases, the causes of excessive H2S production in previously nonsour environments are primarily anthropogenic and caused by certain operational practices. 


2014: Hydraulic Fracturing Additives and the Delayed Onset of Hydrogen Sulfide in Shale Gas

As natural gas production has shifted further from deep prolific gas reservoirs to shale gas, several questions are being addressed regarding fracturing technologies and the fate of chemical additives. A less investigated issue is the unexpected increase in produced hydrogen sulfide (H2S) from hot shale gas reservoirs. Understanding the source of H2S in shale reservoirs and managing low-levels of recovered elemental sulfur affects plans for future treatment, corrosion mitigation, and fracture fluid formulations. In this work we demonstrate that some typical ingredients of hydraulic fracturing fluids are not as kinetically stable as one might expect. Surfactants and biocides such as sodium dodecyl sulfate and glutaraldehyde are shown to undergo hydrolysis and thermochemical sulfate reduction reactions under moderate reservoir conditions, with H2S as the final product accompanied with long chain alcohols and hydrogen sulfate as long-lived intermediate species.

2014: Canada’s National Pollutant Release Inventory [NPRI] Oil and Gas Sector Review; Chemicals injected and fugitive or venting emissions (e.g. H2S) by oil and gas industry exempt from reporting Thanks Steve Harper for enabling deadly polluters and helping them keep secret how they are sickening (by the time you smell sour gas, it’s too late, damages to brain have been done) and killing Canadians.

2016: Meet “Candidatus Frackibacter,” New type of bacteria found flourishing inside hydraulic fracturing wells

2017: Sulfide-producing bacteria dominate hydraulically fractured shale oil & gas wells.

“An estimated 70% of waterflooded reservoirs world-wide have soured.”

Don’t live near frac’ing either; best to avoid it if you can afford to. Most citizens can’t.

2017: Ontario: In Norfolk, leaking abandoned industry *sour* gas wells forces exclusion zone for vehicles, vessels, and evacuation of 22 homes. In nearby Town of Jarvis (population 2,300), unusually high methane readings, firefighters test gas levels at every home. Compare to grossly negligent, “No Duty of Care,” Charter-violating, lying, spying, heinous AER covering-up industry’s deadly gas leaks.

2017: BNN Interviews Alberta Oil Patch Consultant Brent Nimeck on AER’s Orphan Wells: “This problem is 30 years in the making. … I would call it a Ponzi Scheme…. This is an orchestrated fraud from multiple angles: Industry, CAPP and the Alberta Energy Regulator have enabled this to happen. … Through our independent analysis and we’ve confirmed this at multiple sources within the energy regulator, the liabilities are over $300 billion. That’s what’s on the hook for Alberta taxpayers right now – $300 billion.”

2017: Calgary Executive Million Dollar Bonuses Increased 40.6% in 2016, Comparatively Nothing Paid to Clean Up Liabilities/Abandoned Wells/Facilities

2017: New University of Guelph study on methane migration in sand aquifer in Ontario: “Potentially explosive methane gas leaking from energy wells may travel extensively through groundwater and pose a safety risk” Industry’s leaking or soured gas will do the same.

2017: To Honour the Fallen on Remembrance Day: Make public AER’s secret “D79 Abandoned Well Methane Toxicity Preliminary Assessment” & Appendix 2 by Alberta Health, Admitting “Acute-Life threatening” risks & “Neurological effects” Note the doted red line, “Acute Threshold,” in graph below, just for sweet methane, imagine where the red dotted line would be for soured leakers:

See Steve Harper anywhere or his buddy in crime, Gwyn Morgan, ex Encana head cheese?

2020: AER laid five environmental and conservation-related charges against Tourmaline Oil and spinoff Topaz Energy Corp., and three charges against CWC Energy Services for knowingly leaking sour gas (H2S) “that impacted human health” in 2018 near Spirit River, Alberta. Court hearing Feb 19, 2020 in Grand Prairie. Why no charges against Encana, now Ovintiv, for its illegal sour gas venting near Rosebud and illegally operating a sour gas facility and wells as sweet?

2021: New evil low for Caveman Canada: Ontario turns H2S gas well into water well to make citizen pay (up to $900,000.00) to plug it.

2021: Frac’ing Ontario? Wheatley (thermogenic corrosive) sour gas explosion injures 20, destroys two buildings, more, many families displaced. Still leaking, area remains at risk of more explosions like Hutchinson Kansas where two were killed in their home from industry’s leaking gas migrating 7 miles. Chatham-Kent top administrator, Don Shropshire: “Our area has hundreds, if not thousands of abandoned gas wells. They stretch from Niagara Peninsula to Windsor.” Also exploded from industry’s gas 85 years ago. The community must be relocated. But, where? This Wheatley post contains many frac/abandoned energy well explosion cases, some fatal. Search this website for “explosion” for many more.

2021: Encana/Ovintiv spewing sour gas, yet again, says no one injured. H2S damages the brain even at very low concentrations, so how the hell does the company know no one was injured? Were all workers and area residents tested for neurological damages? OGC investigating. Whooptydoo! Will they let Ovintiv off with another community bribe? Or blame nature and the harmed?

2022: New Film: Blowout: Dimock, Pennsylvania. Who’s Next? Already f*cked in Canada: Wheatley, Norfolk, Indian Hills, Leamington and more in Ontario; Rosebud, Redland, Wetaskiwin, Ponoka, Calgary, Spirit River, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Fox Creek, Calmar, Lloydminster and more in Alberta; Hudson’s Hope, Farmington, Rose Prairie and more in British Columbia; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Nova Scotia; etc. etc. etc.

2023: Lawsuit settles industry’s 2016 methane leak contaminating citizen water wells and Mahomet Aquifer, Illinois’ largest freshwater source. Judge’s order requires four relief wells to try to remove the gas. In Alberta, AER still has not ordered Encana/Ovintiv to fix the company’s illegal fracs into Rosebud’s drinking water aquifers 20 years ago.

2024: Oilfield worker (frac’er? radioactive waste handler?) covered in sour crude oil (or frac waste?) “so strong and noxious” entire Weyburn General Hospital was contaminated and evacuated, source later “bagged and tagged.”

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