CALGARY – Alberta’s energy regulator has blocked the sale of sour gas wells, pipelines and other facilities from an energy giant to a much smaller company over clean-up concerns.
The issue was seen as a test case of the regulator’s determination to avoid clean-up costs for energy facilities falling to the taxpayer.
In its written decision, the Alberta Energy Regulator said the deal would have split the liability for cleaning up the sites.
It says that responsibility should remain with Shell.
It also says the extent of contamination at the hundreds of facilities is unknown.