Orphan Wells: Tip of the Iceberg
Orphans: The relatively-small problem of orphan wells has been the subject of considerable, rather shallow, media coverage. Not being covered at all by mainstream media sources are the true causes of “orphan” and “legacy” well problems, among many others.
Inactive Wells: The far larger problem of “inactive wells” is only starting to come to light, highlighted by up to $1 Billion in federal COVID-19 related spending (see News Page for details).
The various solutions at law to these problems, which will end up in the lap of the taxpayer absent a significant, immediate change in direction or a return to the rule of law, are topics the news media is totally silent on. Polluter Pay Steering Committee Members are not so silent.
The solution is a countervailing lobby that protects the rights of real property owners, thereby protecting the taxpayer from the costs of the actions of irresponsible industry and government factions.
To get this lobby up and running:
- Property owners require a small, initial funding push, which should come from the taxpayer at large by way of small donations (Donations Page).
- The Polluter Pay Federation must be formed as a non-profit corporation with paid staff to ensure only the polluter pays
Links to proposed Bylaws for the Polluter Pay Federation non-profit corporation as envisioned by a Temporary Steering Committee, as well as a proposal document and legal basis for a proposed funding model, are provided below:
- Proposed Bylaws
- Proposal Document
- Legal Basis for the Funding Model suggested by the Temporary Steering Committee
- Membership Application Form suggested by the Temporary Steering Committee
Titled landowners (surface and minerals) and Canadian taxpayers are requested and encouraged to provide comments and guidance to Temporary Steering Committee Members or to request membership in the Final Steering Committee.