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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Efforts under way to find abandoned Pa. gas, oil wells

Andrew Zadnik probably walked through the same patch of woods in Toms Run Nature Reserve a dozen times while inspecting an abandoned oil well without realizing the remnants of another uncapped well were sticking out of the ground nearby.

A contractor hired by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to plug two non-producing wells on the preserve in Kilbuck and Ohio townships found it and another one, evidence of the unmapped drilling that took place for decades before the first reporting requirements were passed in the 1950s.

“They were completely hidden. Nobody knew about them,” said Zadnik, director of land stewardship for the conservancy, which obtained a $140,000 grant from shale well impact fee money to plug the first two wells and is considering what to do about others.

Efforts under way to find abandoned Pa. gas, oil wells

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

$140,000.00 to plug 2 wells??? somebody better look into this. Last I knew you could plug a well for about $20,000.00 and make money doing it.

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't cost us ANYTHING to plug up the mess the state allowed to happen in the first place.....

Anonymous said...

They're everywhere. It's what happens when certain industries aren't regulated carefully. Times have changed, but you can't rely on self-regulation. Doesn't work, and never did.

Anonymous said...

Unmarked oil and gas wells have been dug and abandoned throughout many decades. Industries weren't avoiding laws because the laws didn't exist. During both World Wars our country needed its resources front and center to support the war efforts. The resources were needed fast. Drill, market, and move on when easy oil and gas were depleted. Plugging wells was accomplished but just barely. Sticks, branches, rocks, scrap metal that wasn't being turned into tanks, ships, bullets and planes, and lumber that couldn't be re-used was tossed down these wells. This may be hard to believe in present-day times, but not back during those years. Few today grasp the hardships put upon our country's population "back-in-the-days" to which I refer.
These aren't excuses. It's just the way it was. Today is different. Still want to lay blame on grandparents and great-grandparents working in the industry back then? Shame on you. Pointing out problems isn't the same as solving them. Get busy!

Jimmy Crakcorn said...

So.....you're saying that there are literally thousands of these wells that were drilled, but can't be found and they need plugged at $70,000 per well. But if they can't be found, how do we know that they are causing problems and need plugged? Sounds like a scam to tap more taxpayer money to me.