In May 2016, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta decided against the AER and the Orphan Well Association (OWA) in a case that has had widespread implications on our energy industry.
The Redwater decision, as it’s come to be known, allowed the receiver that was managing the insolvent company’s affairs to walk away from oil and gas wells, pipelines, and facilities that were no longer productive. This despite Alberta legislation that forbids leaving a mess behind for others to clean up.
According to the AER, the decision hinders Alberta’s constitutional right to properly regulate its own resources. After losing in the Alberta Court of Appeal in a 2-1 decision, the AER and the OWA continued their fight at the Supreme Court of Canada in February 2018.
Leading the charge for the AER were lawyers Patricia Johnston and Keely Cameron. Keely described for us just how important the day was both for her and for Albertans.
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