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The Orphan Well Adoption Agency (OWAA) is dedicated to finding “forever homes” for abandoned oil wells through symbolic adoptions. In an effort towards remediation and healing, the OWAA is in pursuit of facilitating relationships of divestment.

In the past year, the number of abandoned oil well sites in Alberta has drastically increased. While the drilling has stopped, these sites threaten to contaminate land, water, and life in the region. Referred to as orphan wells, remediation of these sites can take up to 10 years if levels of contamination are high. Thank you to Canada Council for the Arts for supporting this work. Thank you also to Paul Vasseur, Karl Zajes, and Bernie Schell of the Alberta Surface Rights Federation.

Visit the Orphan Well Adoption Agency website for more information: www.orphanwelladoptionagency.com