Hustle in the oil patch: How large oil companies shed millions from their books A booming trade of unprofitable oil and gas wells in Western Canada is allowing companies to evade cleanup costs. Just a few years after the oil boom, energy companies are shedding distressed wells in Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan for next to nothing. And it’s going virtually unchecked by regulators. Who will pay to clean it up? Visit tgam.ca/wells for more (for subscribers).