The Orphan Well Association or OWA is a not for profit organization unique to the province of Alberta which was created from the work of many genuinely concerned individuals from our oil and gas industry and from our provincial government. We operate under the delegated authority of the Alberta Energy Regulator or AER, the provincial regulators of the oil and gas industry.
The purpose of the OWA is to manage the abandonment and reclamation of upstream oil and gas orphan wells, pipelines, facilities and their associated sites.
The OWA provides information on our activities to a stakeholder group known as the Fund Advisory Committee or FAC. The FAC provides advice and input into the ongoing development of government policies related to upstream oil and gas orphans. Members of the FAC include representatives from industry - Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), Small Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC), and representatives from our provincial government - the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), Alberta Environment (AENV), Alberta Department of Energy (AE), and Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (ASRD).