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ConocoPhillips well closure plans cause concern – Northern Journal

by ahnationtalk on June 10, 2015415 Views

June 8, 2015

The NWT chapter of the Council of Canadians says Northerners need more “rigorous” monitoring and reporting when it comes to ConocoPhillips’ well inspection and abandonment plans in the Sahtu region.

The company recently submitted an application to the Sahtu Land and Water Board (SLWB) to cap eight wells on its lease south of Norman Wells this winter. Those include the two horizontal wells hydraulically fractured in the winter of 2014 and the two vertical wells drilled in the winter of 2013. The company also wants to officially abandon its four groundwater evaluation wells drilled to support the exploration program.

Once the wells are capped, ConocoPhillips plans to inspect them in the spring of 2016. In the absence of any problems, the wells will be inspected once every five years or until the company decides to close them for good.

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