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Oil & Gas Companies Warned of False Environmental Registry

July 28, 2011
Oil & Gas Companies Warned of False Environmental Registry
Jessica Potter, Alberta Environment, Communications

The Government of Alberta is alerting members of Alberta’s oil and gas industry to a scheme requesting payment of environmental fees.

A number of companies in the oil and gas sector have received invoices purporting to be issued by “Alberta Environmental Registry” requesting payment of funds through wire services for environmental and compliance fees. The invoices suggest that the fees are associated with a Government of Alberta program. The Government of Alberta has no affiliation with this program, nor the Alberta Environmental Registry.

The invoice asks for companies to pay an “environmental and compliance fee on active single-well oil/gas battery’s [sic] … commencing with the 2010 production year.”

Additionally, the invoice falsely states that legislation authorizes the registry to place a late payment penalty of 20 per cent on any unpaid amount.

Any oil and gas operator unsure of the legitimacy of an invoice is urged to contact the nearest Alberta Environment regional office.


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