The story of Alberta’s $100-billion well liability problem. How did we get here?

Landowners once promised a fair share for hosting oil and gas infrastructure on their properties say Alberta’s liability management system is broken. The regulator has long been propping up the industry by exaggerating profits and underestimating the costs to clean up — often leaving landowners with a tangled mess of wells, rusty pipes and contaminated soil, and taxpayers facing a growing bill