Lexin Resources Ltd.has agreed to voluntarily include its related entities into the receivership process and cooperate in addressing safety issues at Lexin sites.
The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Tuesday approved the addition, which mean the receiver can proceed with the sale of Lexin-licensed assets.
In a statement released by the Alberta Energy Regulator President and CEO Jim Ellis said "“Lexin and Mr. Smith’s cooperation in the receivership process is a positive development. I am optimistic that this cooperation will get us out of the courtroom and allow us to focus on reducing the burden placed on the Orphan Well Association, minimizing environmental risk, and getting the most economic benefit for Albertans.”
Ellis says he's optimistic it could move the process out of the courtroom and allow them to focus on reducing the burden placed on the Orphan Well Association.
According to the statement, Michael J. Smith has accepted responsibility for Lexin’s noncompliances and has agreed to pay $175 000 which will conclude the AER’s investigation into Lexin’s noncompliances.
Lexin, or any purchaser of a Lexin licence, must still address outstanding noncompliances.
Lexin sites remain shut in.
The AER, the Orphan Well Association, and companies with an interest in the sites have been inspecting the sites and will continue to provide for their care and custody until the sales process is complete.