Friday, October 14, 2016

Canada: Geothermal Energy Can be Produced from Abandoned Oil & Gas Wells

‘Orphan’ wells could generate clean energy (Lethbridge Herald)

Katie Huang speaks about Albertas
abandoned wells and geothermal energy during
Thursday's SACPA session.
Herald photo by Tijana Martin @TMartinHerald
There are still questions to answer. But Alberta could generate clean electrical energy – and reduce its “orphan” well issues – by adopting new geothermal technology.

Provinces and states near Alberta are already taking a lead, a Lethbridge audience learned Thursday. But with so many abandoned gas and oil wells across the province, it’s time our province turned some of those environmental liabilities into emission-free assets.

Nations around the Pacific Rim – and as far north as Iceland – have been tapping into geothermal energy for generations, explained geologist Katie Huang. Speaking for Canada’s fledgling geothermal industry, she said this nation has been slow off the mark.