Alec Jacobson

Photographer, Writer
    
Location: South Vancouver, Vancouver
Nationality: American
Biography: 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... read on
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'Zombie' Oil Wells For The New York Times
alec jacobson
Oct 31, 2020
Location: Alberta, Canada
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.

These Zombies Threaten the Whole Planet
Canada’s oil patch has nearly 100,000 suspended wells, neither active nor capped, and they’re a worrying source of planet-warming methane.
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