Life on Land

Rachel Ashauer and Brianna Jackson

How might we inform the public of the impact of improperly abandoned oil wells in Alberta’s natural areas?

Oil is an integral part of Alberta’s economy; yet hundreds of oil wells are abandoned or orphaned by oil companies every year. These wells pose environmental and economical impacts on Albertans. The problem arises when wells are not properly closed up, and are left untreated by companies once they are no longer useful, or are set as inactive for the foreseeable future.

Researching online articles and resources, alongside interviewing industry specialists, lead to the identification of impacts surrounding improperly abandoned oil wells on natural areas within Alberta. Thousands of wells sit inactive in the province, waiting to be used again or reclaimed. These wells don’t have as large of an environmental impact as previously thought; rather, it is more disruptive if oil wells are abandoned without proper guidance and adherence to procedures.



Kristel Pena 

How might we implement a better system that eliminates the need for any adoptable animals to be euthanized?

The latest trend of “Adopt, Don’t Shop” helped to increase the rate of animal adoptions and lessen the rate of euthanasia over the past years. Yet problems can arise due to different circumstances after pet owners adopt their pets, and that may lead to having to surrender their pet or put their pet down. Most of the common problems that pet owners face are the cost of medical issues, changes in lifestyle, landlord restrictions, and animal behavioural issues.

Along with animal rescue shelters, the City of Calgary provides different programs and services to help animals, pet owners and breeders to prolong the lives of animals in Calgary. There is an opportunity to resolve some of these issues with more awareness of the resources that are available to Calgarians.