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Orphan sites are wells, facilities, pipelines and associated areas where an oil and gas company is declared bankrupt, or cannot be located.

In British Columbia, oil and gas sites such as wells, facilities, pipelines and/or sites affected by oil and gas activities where the operator is insolvent or cannot be located may be designated as orphan sites by the BC Oil and Gas Commission. Once a site has been designated an orphan, the Commission may use the Orphan Site Reclamation Fund to decommission and restore the site. The restoration process provides assurance to stakeholders that the site has been restored in accordance with current standards and requirements, and that all known contamination risks or other hazards have been mitigated.

The Orphan Site Reclamation Fund (OSRF) is a levy on industry permit holders used to pay the cost of decommissioning and restoration of orphan sites.

The OSRF is managed by the Orphan Planning and Restoration team, questions can be directed to

Spatial Data

The Commission provides spatial data for all dormant and orphan sites.

The spatial data is provided as both shape files (to be utilized in an ArcGIS platform), as well as KML files (to be used in a Google Earth platform). If you have any questions about the spatial data for orphan sites, please email

Restored Site

B.C. is receiving $100 million to decommission, assess and restore dormant sites--$15 million toward orphan site restoration and $5 million to clean up legacy disturbances.

Map of Orphan Wells

Orphan Site Restoration Video

Orphan Site Restoration

Orphan Site Reclamation Time-Lapse

See how a site is reclaimed in this time-lapse video that was recorded between Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Winter 2021.

Restoration Partnerships

The Commission has been partnering with First Nations to protect the environment and restore former oil and gas industry sites to their natural state:


Orphan Site Contract Work

The Commission uses contractors to complete work on orphan sites in accordance with public sector procurement requirements. A Request for Standing Offer (RFSO) will be advertised on BC Bid and will direct to the Commission’s Procurement Portal ( To create the most flexible procurement option, the Commission may continue to collect submissions from qualified contractors, and the Commission may review and provide additional awards where services are needed. Successful contractor(s) who establish a Standing Offer for services with the Commission will be selected for existing and future opportunities at the discretion of the Commission.

It is anticipated that the term of the Standing Offer will be for one year with an option to renew for two additional one-year terms at the discretion of the Commission. Pricing is to be firm for the contract term. Should the Commission choose the renewal option; the Contractor(s) will be contacted prior to the renewal period to discuss any changes to the contract. Any renewal pricing submitted will need to be firm for the renewal term.

The decision to use any Standing Offer will rest with the Commission with respect to site deactivation, site maintenance, well abandonment, equipment decommissioning, remediation and reclamation services. A Standing Offer is not a contract. A contract is created only when the Commission issues a Draw-Down of services under the Standing Offer. A General Service Agreement will be used to execute the Draw-Down of services.


Questions & Contact

Questions and comments are welcomed by the Commission and can be directed to

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