Alec Jacobson is a photographer and writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, who likes to dive deep into slow-moving stories. Drawing on his studies in Anthropology, French and Arabic at Amherst College, he prefers to be the only...
For the last couple months, I've been digging into this story. In Alberta, a backlog of almost 100,000 oil and gas wells has built up that is neither alive nor dead but instead licensed as suspended. Though it's intended to be temporary, nearly 30,000 of those wells have been in suspension for 10 years or more. As they sit in fields around the province and age, some of them are leaking methane and other gases. No one knows how many are leaking or how much, but, given the number of wells, the net effect on Canada's carbon footprint is may be substantial.