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$400M available in next round of funding to clean up inactive Alberta oil, gas sites

Last Updated Feb 12, 2021 at 3:30 pm MDT

An oilfield pumpjack, belonging to Cor4 Oil Corp., works producing crude near Tilley, Alberta on Sept. 11, 2020. In the background, an oilfield drilling rig works on a well. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Larry MacDougal

EDMONTON – Alberta and the federal government say another $400 million in funding is available to help clean up inactive oil and gas sites in the province.

The money includes $100 million for clean up in Indigenous communities.

The rest of the money is to go to oil and gas producers who paid for closure work in 2019 or 2020.

Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage says the money will help preserve the environment while creating jobs.

The cash is part of a federally funded site rehabilitation program announced last May to direct up to $1 billion toward reclamation projects in Alberta.

Just over $300 million has been delivered to 633 Alberta-based companies so far.

(The Canadian Press)