Because it is the law.
The Regulation states that abandonment must include the following steps:
a) Return of the well tag to the Ministry of Environment,
b) Make all reasonable efforts to remove the well casing or well screen and all other equipment and debris in the well (unless the well is removed by overdrilling).
c) Plug the annular space with a continuous column of an abandonment barrier that prevents any movement of water, natural gas, contaminants or other material.
d) Sealing the well at ground surface with 50 to 150cm of bentonite chips, pellets, granules or powder, and
e) Fill the remaining well opening to ground surface with soil cover or other material that is in keeping with the surface material immediately adjacent to the well opening.
Exemptions and Well Construction
- I just need a temporary hole – shouldn’t I be exempt from the Reg?
- Are there ever situations when a well is exempt from Regulation 903?
- I don’t need a well pipe – can you backfill my hole with cuttings?
- My well is not exempt from the Reg – what are the implications?
- Can’t your crew backfill above the screened zone with cuttings – like my old driller did?
Tagging and Well Records
- Do you have to tag my well and file a Ministry Record?
- Does it cost extra to file the well record?
- What can I do so that my wells qualify for a single cluster record instead of multiple records?
- It’s extremely difficult to get the property owner’s signature for a cluster record. Can’t I just sign the form myself, as the owner’s consultant?
- Can I Remove the Well Tag that Kodiak Has Affixed to the Well?
- We give our clients cost estimates to install wells and do testing – but we never include costs for removal. Do we really have to remove the well when our project is done?
- I want my well removed and there are no ongoing operations at this property and no chance of contamination. Why does the Kodiak crew insist on backfilling my abandoned well with sealant?
- Does a Well Record Have to Be Filed When A Well Is Abandoned?