My name is Brent (that’s me on the left, next to my friend Regan.) I’ve been an oil worker for over 20 years, and until a few years ago I was proud of my industry. But a series of events forced me to look the energy industry in Alberta from a whole new perspective. I’m not an activist or an environmentalist, I’m an Albertan who’s concerned about the mess we’re leaving for future generations.
In fact, I’m so concerned that I’ve spent the past few years researching the scale of the problem in Alberta, and its turns out it’s of alarming proportions. Over the past 10 years, a good friend and I have become experts on old oil and gas wells in Alberta: we understand what kind of risks these wells pose to the public.
Right now Alberta has over 80,000 oil and gas wells that are sitting inactive. (Yes, thats a lot of wells.) The cost to abandon and reclaims old wells can go from a few hundred thousand to a few million dollars per well. The hard part is getting the responsible companies to pay for the clean up.
Our research has lead us to come up with a plan to fix Alberta. A radical new way to look at the problem: we call it R.A.F.T. (Reclaiming Alberta’s Future Today) And the team at The Leap has given us the tools to get to work.
Contrary to what you might have heard in the media about the Leap Manifesto being anti-oil, The Leap is fighting harder than anyone to save jobs in Alberta’s service sector. By partnering with The Leap we are able to dramatically expand our efforts and deliver crucial information to a bigger audience.
My friend and I are getting to work, organizing people to take action – putting pressure on our government to put people back to work and make polluters pay. We’d love you to get involved – whether you live in Alberta or anywhere else. Our dream is a true Leap for Alberta: an ambitious plan to get us caring for the earth and each other.