The Movement

The Polluter Pay Federation is a proposed, inclusive, property rights and municipal tax protection lobby, to advocate for and ensure a return to the rule of law as to all energy-related matters, focused on Alberta

For truly responsible Alberta energy development to belatedly occur, irresponsible factions of industry and government must be converted or weeded out

Documents

INITIAL WEBSITE FOCUS: The initial focus of this website is to provide information to prospective members about the activities of a Temporary Steering Committee, proposed membership categories, benefits of membership, draft bylaws, and the funding model for a proposed ALL-INCLUSIVE non-profit corporation (POLLUTER PAY FEDERATION).

SEE THE MEMBERSHIP AND FUNDING MODEL PAGE

ORPHAN WELLS HAVE MADE BIG NEWS; HOWEVER:

  • THERE’S A MUCH LARGER STORY TO BE TOLD
  • Similar and additional problems must also be solved
  • There are solutions to Alberta’s oil and gas problems at law
  • The good news includes potential ECONOMIC and JOB CREATION BENEFITS, which require the political will to enforce laws that incorporate the POLLUTER PAY PRINCIPLE

POLITICAL FRIENDS OF OIL AND GAS EXECUTIVES ARE BEGGING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR A MASSIVE INDUSTRY BAILOUT

International price wars and the economic crises associated with a pandemic have led the Premier of Alberta to call on the federal government to bail out the Alberta oil industry. Taxpayers face covering the cost of Alberta upstream oil and gas liabilities that are some 2 1/2 times the amount of emergency funding ($107 Billion) under federal Bill C-13, which received royal assent on March 25, 2020. Taxpayers cannot afford the cost of decades of mismanagement of oil and gas activity “end of life” obligations. Any public funding of the conventional oil and gas sector:

  • Must come with strings attached (see News Section)
  • Cannot end up in the pockets of oil and gas executives or the shareholders of the companies they run
  • Must have economic benefit to the taxpayer at large
  • Must truly create jobs in the “clean up” sector, which will not occur if, as in the past, well and facility decommissioning and land remediation and reclamation (“end of life” obligations) continue to be optional (contrary to Alberta law)

TAXPAYERS AND LANDOWNERS NEED A STRONG SINGLE VOICE AND A SEAT AT THE NEGOTIATING TABLE

  • Landowners have long been subsidizing industry against their will and contrary to Alberta law, and municipalities have more recently been essentially forced to also do so
  • It is time for positive change and a return to the rule of law
  • The Polluter Pay Federation will provide such a voice for property owners and taxpayers across the country

Lobbyist and Property Rights Protection Advocacy

Some of Our Videos

Regan Boychuk of the Polluter Pay Federation Steering Committee talks about the dysfunctional Alberta Energy Regulator and the Polluter Pay Federation SOLUTION (assisted by Mark Dorin also of the Committee)
Polluter Pay Federation Health & Safety Poster Girl
Watch the Polluter Pay Federation Launch Video
Medial and Links Page

“Redwater Approach” Video
How Federal “Inactive Well” Funding of up to $1 Billion can be Better Prioritized

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.

Countervailing Lobby

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

Foundation Documents

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:

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.